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The Rise of the Tea Party: Political Discontent and Corporate Media in the Age of Obama Paperback – November 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583672478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583672471
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anthony DiMaggio teaches American Government and International Relations at Illinois State University in the department of politics and government. He publishes regularly in Z Magazine and Counterpunch, and is the author of Mass Media, Mass Propaganda: Examining American News in the “War on Terror”;.


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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Malvin VINE VOICE on September 30, 2013
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"The Rise of the Tea Party" by Anthony DiMaggio is an expert deconstruction of the Tea Party as a pro-business tool of mass persuasion. Mr. DiMaggio is a scholar whose writings on mass media, propaganda and politics have been widely published. Helping us understand the forces that have recently driven American politics in a more strident, intolerant and proto-fascist direction, this enlightening book will empower readers who might be concerned about democracy and the future.

Mr. DiMaggio discloses how the Tea Party was engineered by wealthy individuals with extremist pro-business, anti-environment and socially conservative ideologies. Mr. DiMaggio attended numerous meetings in the Chicago area where he found a near total lack of audience participation that belied the organization's highly directed, top-down structure. Indeed, the evidence gathered by the author refutes the widespread but misbegotten notion that the Tea Party is a grassroots movement. Chillingly, it seems more the case that Tea Partiers - many of whom embrace Ayn Rand's philosophy of selfish individualism - have been molded into subjects who are easily manipulated by elite interests.

Mr. DiMaggio explains how the Tea Party limited progress on president Obama's health care initiative. Mr. DiMaggio cites Sarah Palin's ridiculous allegation about 'death panels' as part of a successful campaign to remove serious consideration of the public option from prospective legislation. Faux populist outrage expressed by Tea Partiers at Town Hall meetings further derailed the opportunity for the American public to benefit from a more open, informed and civil discourse. The author's work suggests that our democratic processes remain far too vulnerable to well-orchestrated campaigns of misinformation and demagoguery.
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This was a great read and provided the necessary argument, evidence, fact and more to show that - no, the Tea Party is not just financially conservative - that is just a front. They are truly radical
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen T. Dexter on December 10, 2013
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Excellent book. It works hard to point out the problems of the Tea Party and supports the notion that it is really not a political party - just a group that would like to be a party.
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