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Naomi Wolf: Tea Parties Fight Fascism

In an interview with Justine Sharrock [1], Naomi Wolf shows that she doesn’t completely buy into the Left’s stereotype of the Tea Parties [2] as racist. Not only that, she endorses states’ rights and taking on the Fed:

NW: I used to think “End the Fed people” were crackpots. The media paints them as deranged. But it turned out we had good reason to have more oversight. Or take their platform about states’ rights. Demographically, I’m a hippie from San Francisco and I’m not culturally inclined to be sympathetic to states’ rights. My cultural heritage is FDR and Medicare and federal government solutions. But if you think through the analysis, strengthening state rights is a good corrective of the aggregation of an over-reaching federal power. Take California’s challenge of the Patriot Act or states like Vermont leading the way with addressing the corruption of the voting system. It’s a good example of the Tea Party thinking out of the box on how to address a problem.

JS: That’s interesting because strengthening states’ rights is key to their entire platform, including protesting health care reform. Would you call yourself pro-Tea Party?

NW: Even though I’m appalled when racism surfaces, and I personally don’t agree with certain policy solutions and a lot of what they believe in, as someone who is very concerned about reinvigorating democracy the Tea Parties are an answer to what I asked for.

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#1 Comment By Ed Needham On March 30, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

The truth behind the Tea Party racism, Sarah Palin, anti-government violence and GOP accountability from a Christian perspective:


#2 Comment By Don Yarish On March 30, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

Wow who would have thought Naomi Wolf would say such things.
Yes the Tea Parties are about restoring the Constitution and a democratice republic.
It scares the hell out of Left and Right Wing Corporate Statists for sure. My concern is that what started as a Ron Paul Libertarian group has been hijacked by Neo-Con war mongering Republicans and are being led back by various pied pipers like Palin. The movement grew by having a lot of pro-war disaffected republicans joining who I hoped would be educated by the original Libertarians but it seems the Libertarian are being pushed out.

#3 Comment By A.C. On March 30, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

So, while you didn’t show any racism at Tea Parties, or show why the GOP will split, you did show us you’re blog is rabidly bigoted against Christians. Thanks.

#4 Comment By wm On March 30, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

she did a long interview with Lew Rockwell I while back in which she stated that she was only just becoming familiar with the more radical libertarian positions on things like nullification and ending the federal reserve. she actually sounded very receptive, so this is not all that surprising:


#5 Comment By AirborneRanger On March 30, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

Has anyone checked out the possibility that the hecklers of the black congressmen were provocateurs? Seriously. It’s not beyond the pale. What do we really know about these clowns. Surely some crackerjack reporter/investigator can track down the people in question and uncover the motive. Not the media’s assumed motive but the hecklers motive straight from their pieholes.

#6 Comment By Adam Rurik On March 30, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

I remember, years ago, the author of “The Beauty Myth” on a talk show, ripping into our culture’s obsession with females “looking good.”

As they came back from the commercial break, Ms. Wolf was touching up her lipstick and adjusting her hair. She hurriedly put her compact away when she realized that the show was on again.

Go make me a sandwich, Naomi!