Anyone paying attention to American politics will have watched with a mix of horror and fascination the rise of the 'Tea Party'. A somewhat incoherent mix of libertarians, small government republicans and far-right demagogues like Glenn Beck united by the vague rhetoric of patriotism in opposition to Obama. I think it's fairly important that people look beyond the somewhat moronic image the movement presents itself with and look at the underlying economic factors that are driving the Tea Partiers and where they might be going. To that end, people should check out the following links.
Firstly, a fantastic, albeit somewhat long article from Portsmouth SP: here
Secondly, from George Monbiot, exposing the influence of big business: here
Finally, the highlights of a debate between Socialist Alternative (CWI USA) and a Tea Party speaker: here