Of Tea Parties and Patriots: In Defense of True Liberty for All

A new pamphlet, based on Dave Strano's article "Of Tea Parties and Patriots..." written for participants in the Tea Party and U.S. Libertarian movement, is ready for printing and distribution. Many people are disaffected and angry right now, and countering the racist hatred and conspiracy theories of Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, Alex Jones, and Ron Paul are essential to combating fascism in America and gaining allies in our struggle for a free society.
These are our people, our families, our movement, and we can't let the mouthpieces of racists and the rich divide and conquer us.

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Well intentioned, decent article with a few major issues

While I am fully supportive of the strategic goals of this article (to reach out to members of the "new liberty movement"), there is one glaring problem with this article that surfaces throughout and will (in my opinion) make it very unlikely for the message to be accepted by many on the political "right."
This article, like many others coming from anarchists with class focused perspective, puts forth an outdated idea of the working class that simply does not match the reality most people who are involved with the "new liberty movement" live in. It also falls into the very common stereotyping of the "white working class" as racist.
To pick only one example from the text: "Who fills the trailer parks with us? Who works in the factories or fast food restaurants with us? Who is beside us working in the fields, picking produce that we'll never really be able to afford? Is it rich people, especially rich white people? Hell no, it isn't. It's brown people, black people, yellow people. It's people who have different shades of skin than us. They are the people that are in similar situations to us, living paycheck to paycheck, suffering like we do. So why then would we view them as our enemy?"
First of all, as someone who works with low-income people that do work in the jobs mentioned above, and also grew up with many rednecks who were racist, it is absolutely not the white people working in factories or fast food joints that are racist! Most often, at least in my experiences here in Kansas, it is middle class white people who come into little contact with people of color, or intentionally limit interaction with them.
Second of all, I know quite a few people involved with this whole "tea party" and "new liberty" deal, and none of them are of the "working class" described above. In fact, most of them certainly are privileged in their current economic position, even if they came from working class backgrounds. Furthermore, many people traditionally considered working class, self-identified "rednecks", farmers, other country folks, small town whities, etc. are either economically middle class or are part of middle class families. Many of them even make quite a bit of money.
For these reasons, this article (again in my opinion) will unfortunately not reach the people it is supposedly targeted for, and will continue to be acclaimed only by people who already buy into its ideas. To get some idea of this, just do a google search for it and see who is talking about it on the internet.