Lind was born in Austin, Texas, a fifth-generation native of the state. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with honors in English and History (Plan II). In 1985 he received an MA in International Relations from Yale University and a JD from the University of Texas Law School in 1988. Lind moved to Washington, where after working as Assistant to the Director of the U.S. State Departments Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs in 1990-91 he became Executive Editor of The National Interest from 1991-94. From 1994-98 he lived in Manhattan and worked for Harpers Magazine, The New Republic and The New Yorker. In 1998 he became Washington Editor of Harpers Magazine and moved to Washington, where in the same year he, Sherle Schwenninger and Walter Russell Mead co-founded the New America Foundation with Ted Halstead, with whom Lind co-authored The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics.
Lind has examined and defended the tradition of American democratic nationalism associated with Alexander Hamilton in a series of books, including The Next American Nation (1995), Hamiltons Republic (1997), What Lincoln Believed (2004) and Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States (2012). Lind has also written two books on U.S. foreign policy, The American Way of Strategy (2006) and Vietnam: The Necessary War (1999). A former neoconservative in the tradition of New Deal liberalism, Lind criticized the American Right in Up From Conservatism: Why the Right is Wrong for America (1996) and Made in Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics (2004).
Did he expect to find people on welfare upset about high taxes?
Mostly hooey. Back to the drawing board, or better yet, why not actually talk to some tea party groups?
We built this nation’s companies, we created its jobs, we fought its wars and we pay most of its taxes. THAT’S who the Tea Party is, Mr. Lind.
The elitism just oozes from Lind. Hey Michael, there are no second-tier people in heaven and there are no first-tier people in hell.
Lind has a sneaky way of denigrating the TEA party. His is an effort to defend the parasites that mooch off the TEA party, which is not on the right, but clearly in the middle of those forced to pay the bills of a bullying government.
what a bunch of absolute malarky
Tea Partiers depriving others? What a crock. Tea Partiers are all about economic opportunity for all This jack off needs to go soak his head
A punk demagogue.
Just one paragraph and it’s filled with lies and inaccuracies.
“While each of the Newest Rights proposals and policies might be defended by libertarians or conservatives on other grounds, the package as a wholefrom privatizing Social Security and Medicare to disenfranchising likely Democratic voters to opposing voting rights and citizenship for illegal immigrants to chopping federal programs into 50 state programs that can be controlled by right-wing state legislatures...”
GW Bush (and others) proposed privatization of SS long before the Tee Party existed.
He cites no proposed law(s) from the Tea Pary that would disenfranchise any voters.
The current law does not allow illegal aliens to vote. It was put in place long before the Tea Party came into existence.
Not all states are controlled by right wing legislatures (probably most are not).
The author is both a fool and a liar.
Maybe this is John Walker Lind’s (American Taliban) brother......lol.
What an ignoramus. He neglected to explain why this movement chose the name “Tea Party.” Ya think maybe they were concerned about loss of freedom?
What BS...the Tea Party grew out of grassroots outrage at Obamacare and
Obama’s stated goal to fundamentally transform this country. It grew out of the town halls back in 2009 and spans the country. When I went to DC in 2011 for the Tea Party rally the people were from every state and from every walk of life. The only thing I will agree with is that Tea Party members are more intelligent than your average low-information voter - and definitely smarter than Obama voters. It’s pathetic to see how the left will spin the narrative to make the Tea Party fit into its “racist, sexist, homophobic, neanderthal right-wing” template.
Michael Lind, it all boils down to this:
The Silent Majority is what you call the TEA Party.
Deal with it.
The only thing that is “new” is THE NEW REPUBLICAN PARTY.
RINO Hunting Season begins 1-1-2014.
BTW, this 2014 RINO hunt has no bag limit, tents or caves - - -
Oh goodie - another far left wing activist douche bag is going to explain conservatism....
It is such a sad statement that asking government to cut back after tripling in size in 13 years is considered “radical.” That asking the ever-expanding, unsustainable Welfare State Ponzi Scheme to slow down and not take on more obligations is “extreme.” And if living within our means is so outside the mainstream, its no wonder the country is swirling down the toilet with no hope of coming back.
This leftist actually hit the nail on the head. The important quote from his article is
“The Newest Right is the simply the old Jeffersonian-Jacksonian right, adopting new strategies in response to changed circumstances.”
I agree. What he characterizes as the New Right does follow the Jeffersonian-Jacksonian model. Which is a firm comitment to small government. From 1801-1849 this political movement kept Big Government Federalism and Whiggism from concentrating power in Washington DC. Time after time Presidents vetoed bills for the simple reason that they expanded the scope of the Federal government beyond constiturional restrictions.
Where he goes of the rails historically, is when he equates Jeffersonism as regional. It was not. It was strong nationally. The opposition from 1816-1828 did not even field an opposition. Plus equating Jeffersonism with the Confederacy is also historically inaccurate. The Big Government southern Whigs were very prominent within the CSA.
The differences I have is that I consider myself a Jeffersonian in spirit thus I’m ecstatic over the Tea Party activism, while the writer being a Statist despises the Jeffersonian-Jacksonian ideal.
Who B doze?
Interesting read. First conclude that the Tea arty is upscale and educated, then write them off as self interested racist toglodytes.
Notwithstanding the distinct possibility that Lind is just another lib hack who is more of a liar than anything else, do these wackjobs ever actually talk to Tea Party members? And as far as disenfranchising minorities, it is almost impossible to find “minorities” that have been disenfranchised because of the voter ID laws. In short, he’s talking out of his posterior orifice.