To expand upon c_andrew's point, the Tea Party movement will not be worth the support of Objectivists if it becomes captive to the statist pathologies of the conservatives, including the following:
- Acquiescence to the interests of the Republican Party establishment.
- Open support for the Christian Nation mythology, creationism in public schools, or religion in the political sphere in general. (Having serious religionists in the movement isn't necessarily a problem, so long as they do not try to make the Tea Party into a vehicle for their religion.)
- "Social issues" regulation regarding abortion, divorce, homosexuality, pornography, etc.
- Economic protectionism, including anti-immigration labor protectionism.
- "National greatness conservatism" in the style of John McCain and the neoconservatives.
- Even worse fringe ideas, such as grand conspiracy theories, racism, secession or Confederate romanticism, anti-banking hysteria, vigilantism, and probably many others.
Jan 10 '11 at 20:01
Andrew Dalton ♦