The Tea Party is Half Right (2011)

Society Vol. 48: 197-202.

15 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2017

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: March 25, 2011


This article, published in 2011, points out that large segments of the American public have strong reasons to be frustrated and angry, for instance about the Wall Street bailout that left Main Street behind. Furthermore, Tea Partiers/ Trump voters are correct that there is a serious problem with the way the government operates. Their mistake is in thinking that the size of the government is the problem; the real problem is that the government has been captured by special interests. (The article also notes that so far most right wing activists are expressing their anger in a legitimate and institutionalized way—by running candidates in elections.

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Etzioni, Amitai, The Tea Party is Half Right (2011) (March 25, 2011). Society Vol. 48: 197-202.. Available at SSRN:

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