Tony Blankley (one of my favorite scribblers) correctly analyzes the hatred of the Tea Party by Ruling Elites of all stripes, and describes how the resurgence of the Middle Class in America is being manifested in the movement.
Blankley applies descriptions of our ailing society taken from a book by Christopher Lasch which was published after his death in 1994.
“Middle-class values, Lasch warned, would be hollowed out by a value-neutral educational system preaching multiculturalism. Their replacement would be narcissistic values based on self-gratification and worship of fame and celebrity as the ultimate values in a world devoid of deeper meaning. Sound familiar, Paris Hilton?”
Lasch was a professor at the University of Rochester , who used history as a tool to awaken American society to the pervasiveness of consumer culture. Rather than invoke nostalgia, Lasch sought to create a historically informed social criticism that could teach Americans how to deal with rampant consumerism, proletarianization, and the culture of narcissism. (Citation)
“Applying Hegel to Lasch, I would argue that the Tea Party movement constitutes such a historic moment. Make no mistake. What we are witnessing is the antithesis of elite-driven, greedy, self-serving government debt creation, multiculturalism and soulless globalism.
If Lasch were alive, he could write a new book, “The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Rebirth of Democracy.” Among its observations might be this: The Obama presidency is both the high-water mark – and the beginning of the end – for elite multicultural materialism in America.”
Let’s hope Tony has this one right.