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    Default GLOCALIZATION: EUROPEAN TEA PARTY MOVEMENTS ON THE MARCH

    Call it the glocalization of the Tea Party movement.

    As those in the global – and permanent – superclass seek to make borders irrelevant, increase taxes, and empower unaccountable and far removed bureaucracies, racking up debt, increasing cronyism, and ruining economies while becoming more out of touch, Europeans are taking cues from America's Tea Partiers. They are saying, "Enough. We're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore."

    When Sarah Palin galvanized conservatives, independents, and blue-collar Reagan Democrats who were disaffected with the political system during the 2008 presidential election as John McCain's running mate, the permanent political and media class in America ridiculed her, while some Europeans tagged her as representing everything that was exceptionally wrong about America. They thought that Palin – and the movement for which she was the most passionate voice – would disappear quickly.

    Those critics could not have been more wrong.

    Soon after President Obama took office, that movement congealed into a Tea Party movement in America that The Economist noted is unified by those who "share three convictions: that the ruling elite has lost touch with the founding ideals of America, that the federal government is a bloated, self-serving Leviathan, and that illegal immigration is a threat to social order."

    Those ideals are spreading to Europe and attracting not only Europeans who want to hearken "back to simpler times," but also those of all political stripes who "worry about immigration." They often "spring from the squeezed middle – people who feel that the elite at the top and the scroungers at the bottom are prospering at the expense of ordinary working people. And they believe the centre of power – Washington or Brussels – is bulging with bureaucrats hatching schemes to run people’s lives."

    The American equivalent of the "squeezed middle" are voters of all ethnicities who are not wealthy enough to never have to worry about their tuition bills or the cost of health care, but not poor enough to get full-ride scholarships or completely subsidized Obamacare.

    The Economist mentioned that, like in America, the mainstream media and the permanent political class have "tried to marginalize the insurgents" in Europe by "portraying them as unhinged, racist or fascist."

    "But it is not working," The Economist writes, noting that while "attacking the insurgents as fascists worked when Hitler’s memory was fresh," many of today's Europeans "rightly see it as mostly a scare tactic."

    Described as anti-elitist, anti-Brussels, and against unchecked immigration, European Tea Party leaders like Geert Wilders, who leads the Freedom Party in the Netherlands, Marine Le Pen, who leads France's Front National (FN) movement, and Nigel Farage, who leads the the UKIP (The United Kingdom Independence Party), are heading movements that "are populist and nationalist." Their supporters are fed up with those who got Europe into the political and fiscal mess that it is in today. And similar movements are gaining strength in Italy, Austria, Poland, Romania, and even Greece. Those who support the European Tea Party movements have said they are not against institutions, but rather fiercely opposed to the "cosy mainstream consensus" in which "the left and right... says the same." (like establishment Dems & Repubs)

    In another article The Economist, often the promoter of all things "superclass," had to concede that these "insurgent parties" are not only on the rise, but are continuing to gain strength:

    UKIP, the FN and the Freedom Party (PVV) in the Netherlands could each win the most votes in European Parliament elections in May. In France, 55% of students say they would consider voting for the FN. The Progress Party has joined Norway’s government. Slovakia has a new far-right provincial governor. Count insurgents on the left, such as Syriza in Greece and the Five Star movement in Italy, and mainstream parties in Europe are weaker than at any time since the second world war.

    And these movements may achieve more success in May when "voters across the 28-member European Union will elect 751 deputies to the European Parliament:"

    Polls suggest that the FN could win a plurality of the votes in France. The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has similarly high hopes, as does the Freedom Party (PVV) in the Netherlands. Anti-EU populists of the left and right could take between 16% and 25% of the parliament’s seats, up from 12% today. Many of those votes will go to established parties of the Eurosceptic left. But those of the right and far right might take about 9%. And it is they, not the parties of the left, who are scaring the mainstream.

    According to The Economist, this "insurgency is doing well partly because the mainstream has done so badly. Governments encouraged consumers to borrow, let the banks run wild and designed the euro as the pinnacle of the European project." And "in the past five years ordinary people have paid a price for these follies, in higher taxes, unemployment, benefit cuts and pay freezes." As a result, more Europeans are viewing the modern state as being "designed to look after itself, rather than the citizens it is supposed to serve:"

    Across Europe disillusion with the EU is at an all-time high: in 2007 52% of the public said it has a positive image of the EU; by 2013 the share had collapsed to 30%. The new identity politics is a way of linking the problems of Europe and those of immigration. It also taps into concerns about the way [globalization], defended by the mainstream political consensus, undermines countries’ ability to defend their jobs, traditions and borders.

    The blue-collar populist movements in Europe are also resonating with "younger voters for whom Europe’s dark past is the stuff of history textbooks, not their or their parents’ experience." And an issue that is particularly appealing to young and jobless Europeans is unchecked immigration. A prominent British think tank found that "those aged 16-20 years were twice as likely as the over-50s to cite immigration as the reason for their support. Fully 55% of French 18- to 24-year-olds say that they would not rule out voting for the FN, according to a recent poll by the Union of Jewish Students in France."

    Like in America, even when the Tea Partiers are not successful, the "populist right can prompt established politicians to sound a tougher note." The mainstream political establishment that demonizes the insurgents sees the power in their ideas and often adopts "pale versions of their policies" – against unchecked immigration, global finance that plays by a different set of rules, and the unaccountable EU:

    The best example of how the new nationalism can pull the political debate in its direction by getting others to ape it is offered by UKIP. It has ten seats in the European Parliament (one of them Mr Farage’s) but none in Westminster; it secured just 3% of votes in the 2010 general election. Yet, as Heather Grabbe of the Open Society think-tank in Brussels points out, good poll numbers and impressive showings in by-elections have been enough to give its views potency... As a result David Cameron, the Conservative prime minister, has promised a referendum on British membership of the EU. He also sounds an increasingly hardline note on immigration from the EU, and on the need to clamp down on “welfare tourism”. The opposition Labour Party, relaxed in the past about open borders, now promises to be tougher, too.

    Even though they dismiss the movement in public comments, establishment politicians in Europe that voters are viewing as ossified and corrupt are taking the European Tea Party movements more seriously – and trying to blunt their influences with more of a sense of urgency – because they see their power being threatened. Movement leaders like Wilders, Farage, and Le Pen are sensing that their moments may soon come, as they seem as optimistic as the Brussels crowd looks dour. Wilders speaks about an “historical moment” in which "our generation of politicians can for the first time make a difference and get back what belongs to us, which is national sovereignty.” The Economist notes that a Europe that the establishment politicians have "battered" is, like in America, "fertile terrain" for such messages and messengers.

    That is why Palin, despite being hammered by the political establishment of both parties, still has the highest favorability rating among all Republican presidential primary voters. She has ripped the Republican establishment and lashed out against the permanent political class and the bipartisan crony capitalism that has infected Washington before it became cool to do so. In fact, her landmark speech in Indianola, Iowa, in 2011 injected those themes into the political bloodstream. Her supporters have the same enemies as Palin, and they are drawn less to her personal brand of politics and more to the ideals for which she has always stood since she took on the GOP establishment in Alaska, where she not only won but successfully enacted reforms.

    Tea Party movements across the pond have different flavors, but are ultimately a vehicle for the continent's working class, whose interests are often ignored and dismissed for those of the Brussels elite and the broader global superclass.

    And just like how Europeans gained inspiration from Ronald Reagan and embraced democracy and limited government, the continent is again looking to America to take back their countries from the global political establishment. The European Tea Party is on the march, and it has put "the Party of Davos" on alert.


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    Hmmm, the problem being that if you mention "Tea Party" over here, the electorate will inevitably think you're talking about a jolly picnic in the woods, complete with teddy bears, and a nice cuppa.
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    Anti immigration political parties were alive and well throughout Europe long before this current tea party movement popped up in America.

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    Funny, I agree with everything the Tea Party stands for. That being said I think I'll go to the woods and have a nice spot of a cuppa.
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    And just like how Europeans gained inspiration from Ronald Reagan and embraced democracy and limited government, the continent is again looking to America to take back their countries from the global political establishment. The European Tea Party is on the march, and it has put "the Party of Davos" on alert.


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    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2...s-on-the-March

    umm... no.

    Tea Party alone is a term that nobody over here would join under, accept for a nice cup of hot water and some cookies.

    European Tea Party? All these groups are trying to do nothing European, but rather the contrary. Splendid Isolation perhaps rings a bell? They are playing the nationalistic flute, using the insecurities of many people, to try to make everything nice and simple as people think it was, back in the "good ol' days". They are doing everything but uniting.

    Even mentioning Reagan as an icon for European governments in the eighties? That was perhaps the case with Maggie Thatcher. But the UK is not "all of Europe".

    Perhaps the author means the democratic movements in Eastern Europe that were made possible by Reagan? But I don't remember Reagan being in the office in the 1960s when Solidarnosc formed in Poland or the uprisings in Prague took place (and the US backed off from supporting the democratic surge in Czechoslowakia)...

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    Tea Party stands for Taxed Enough Already and from what I read they are not anti-immigration but anti-illegal immigration as myself. The USA has a 5 year average of1,135,749 legal permanent residency immigrations a year according to NumbersUSA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    Tea Party stands for Taxed Enough Already and from what I read they are not anti-immigration but anti-illegal immigration as myself. The USA has a 5 year average of1,135,749 legal permanent residency immigrations a year according to NumbersUSA.
    but that's the point. The European "tea party" movements aren't about taxes. They're anti immigration parties and have been around for a couple of decades. Whoever wrote this article seems to be trying to tie the Tea Party into European politics and clearly has no clue what they're talking about.

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    The article mentions Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP (the UK Independence Party). His manifesto basically consists of one central tenet: leave Europe.

    He is opposed to virtually all migration, to be truthful, particularly economic migrants from Eastern European nations. His main bone of contention is that our being part of Europe means we have to accept the free movement of labour - and that means people from Bulgaria and Romania et al, coming into the country, working for a pittance (which British nationals can't afford to do, as the cost of living is so high here), and then moving back home (a situation which enables businesses to get away with not paying a 'living' wage) - or, alternatively, staying here and claiming benefits (which they are also entitled to do, although the PM has made it slightly more difficult by telling them they have to be here a couple of months first).

    I can see his point in some respects - however, he fails to take into account the vast numbers of British people living and working abroad, and the fact that we do rely on certain immigrants to do various jobs - including things like being doctors - as our home-grown medics can't seem to wait to escape!

    The difficulty is that it's very easy to respond to Farage's claims in a purely visceral way; his rhetoric is highly emotive, and that appeals to a country currently suffering under draconian austerity measures - I fully admit that I am one of those to whom Farage's personality and persuasive demeanour very much appeal. However, before I vote, I want to know the FACTS about immigration - and, more to the point, how much being in Europe costs us, contrasted with how much we benefit from being within the community. Trying to get those facts, without them being subjected to political manipulation is proving to be a real problem, however...

    Ideologically, notions of separation and isolation worry me - it almost always leads to misunderstandings, tension, and antagonism...I feel in my gut that we should all be trying to work together more, and live in harmony with one another, if we are ever going to make this world 'work'...But I am also aware of the need for us to cherish and celebrate 'difference'...It's a difficult, treacherous path we tread, us human beings, for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    but that's the point. The European "tea party" movements aren't about taxes. They're anti immigration parties and have been around for a couple of decades. Whoever wrote this article seems to be trying to tie the Tea Party into European politics and clearly has no clue what they're talking about.
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    Taxes are also a part of what these movements are about.

    Nigel Farage on The E.U. Tax Fraud




    Nigel Farage on Immigration

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    Quote Originally Posted by bklynboy68 View Post
    Taxes are also a part of what these movements are about.

    Nigel Farage on The E.U. Tax Fraud




    Nigel Farage on Immigration

    a very small part.

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    I forgot to mention that these global tea parties do connect with their American counterparts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bklynboy68 View Post
    I forgot to mention that these global tea parties do connect with their American counterparts.
    what counterparts? It's not like the American Tea Party is an organized party. The Tea Party is basically anyone who claims to be part of it (until they something stupid and then they no longer belong to the Tea Party of course).

    The Repubilcans, at some point, will need to decide whether or not they are fiscal conservatives. In my lifetime they never have been but if they truly want to become a "Tea Party" friendly party then they'll need to adopt these types of policies. So far I've seen little evidence that they are going in that direction.

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    I just think that any one thinking that these groups are getting any sort of ideas from the Tea Party movement in the states haven't paid any attention to European history. These parties go back to just after WW2. The French right wing got their motivation from the Italian MSI which became the National Alliance. These aren't "we're sick of taxes parties" like the Tea Party. They are socially conservative much more than they are fiscally conservative. They are nationalistic (read that as anti-immigrant), pollitical parties who dabble in fiscal conservativism. They are unelectable on their own for the most part but can become the balance on power in much of Europe as they represent a growing segment of society.

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