An emerging populist party?

Robert Reich suggests as much:

Now we may be seeing the birth of a genuine populist movement. Call it the People’s Party. Like the Tea Party, the People’s Party doesn’t have a clear organization or hierarchy or single address. It doesn’t have lobbyists in Washington. It’s not even yet recognized by the mainstream media.

But the People’s Party seems to be growing in numbers and in intensity. And it’s starting to push elected officials — first at the state level — to listen and respond.

I do not wish to quibble, but…there is a reason the People’s Party lacks an organization (a hierarchy comes with the organization), a single address, lobbyists and the other tools a political party does possess and use. The reason the People’s Party lacks these things? It lacks them because the People’s Party does not exist. It might exist someday. But currently it is a product of Reich’s imagination.

What Reich identifies as a party is, in fact, a social movement. Consequently, if common Americans want a political party of their own, a party that will represent their identities and interests, a party that will represent their public culture, they will need to create it.

Cross-posted at FireDogLake

2 Responses to An emerging populist party?

  1. HANK says:

    THE RIGHT HAS A MONOPLOY ON THE BLOGS, NEWS AND TALK RADIO.WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE’S INTERESTS SERVED: JOBS, WAGES, TAXES FOR THE RICH AND CORPROATIONS MAKING BILLIONS DURING THE DEPRESSION OF THE MIDDLE AND WORKING PEOPLE, WE MUSTADVANCE THE SOCIAL NET STARTED BY FDR NOT RETURN TO THE 1890S. JOBS HAVE BEEN SENT ABROAD TO ENRICH THE CEOS AND THE STOCK HOLDERS BUT THEY HAVE DESTROYED THE WORKING PEOPLE, THEIR COMMUNITIES TAX BASE AND ABILITY TO RENDER SERVICES AND OFFER OPPORTUNITIES TO THE YOUNG. THE RIGHT HAS GUNS AND JESUS AS THEIR MONOPOLY BUT THEY HAVE DUPED THE TEEBAGGERS ETC INTO SUPPORTING THE RICHES AMERICANS WITH TAX REDUCTIONS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS RATHER THAN SEEKING TO HELP THEIR OWN FAMILIES WITH MEDICAL BILLS AND JOBS………………….I’VE BEEN SCANNING THE BLOGS AND THEY ARE OVERWHELMED BY RIGHT WING SITES, SOMEONE PLEASE POINT TO A LEFT OF CENTER GROUP OF PROGRESSIVES TO PUSH THE PEOPLE’S INTERESTS

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