Tea Party on Technology
Their sudden prominence in the national debate was fueled by the confluence of 2 unique factors. In a single action, the president had monumentally exacerbated concerns about government spending and our massive national debt. And the widespread access to social media gave people the means to communicate those fears and organize their opposition without relying on the convening power of a national political party. With Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and texts, anyone could become a political organizer.
We did not fully realize it at the time, but we were organizing the Tea Party movement along the lines of an open-source community. In the world of computer software, open-source communities are driven by innovation contributed by individuals. Open source simply means that a system is available to any who wish to contribute. It provides the fastest possible rate of improvement for ideas, and in the case of the Tea Party movement, this notion was fundamental to the development of a true political revolution.
The alternative to open-source development is what is known as a closed system. The Republican and Democratic parties both work this way. In closed systems, ideas originate only at the top of the pyramid. They are then handed down through layers of bureaucracy,
TPP was originally supported by FreedomWorks. TPP also lines up in lockstep with FreedomWorks on certain issues where grassroots activists seem to have no say or involvement. In the spring of 2011, for example, the Tea Party Patriots' homepage bore a lengthy statement of opposition to net neutrality, a policy also opposed by FreedomWorks and the telecommunications industry. But this issue was literally never raised in any of our Tea Party meetings or interviews. The prominent TPP stance on net neutrality is not attributable to grassroots mobilization.
There is a movement afoot to send to Washington people who represent the people, instead of themselves or the political establishment. But happily, there is recognition that the Republican Party is the place where the real debate is happening--and the result has been the nomination of nonestablishment candidates in states across the country.
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