Jonathan Rauch in the National Journal writes an excellent piece on the the tea parties, Inside the Tea Party's Collective Brain . I know it's the all the rage for media outlets to try an "get inside the head" of the tea parties these days, but this article is set very much apart from the rest. It has far more to do with organizational structure than politics. This video provides a brief synopsis: The ideas in the article seem a lot more Clay Shirky than Glenn Beck: "Essentially what we're doing is crowd-sourcing," says Meckler, whose vocabulary betrays his background as a lawyer specializing in Internet law. "I use the term open-source politics. This is an open-source movement." Every day, anyone and everyone is modifying the code. "The movement as a whole is smart." Can it work? In American politics, radical decentralization has never been tried on so large a scale. Tea party activists believe that their hivelike, &qu
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