Magazine October 5, 2009, Issue

Right Turn on Main Street

(Darren Gygi)
Thank goodness for the tea-party crowd and their collective anti-collectivism

‘The people! United! Can never be defeated!”

You need a bit of collectivism for street protest, which may be why conservatives have never been much good at it. I don’t mean merely in the philosophical sense that collectivist action for individual liberty is reminiscent of the old Steve Martin sketch where he’d get the crowd to chant along with his non-conformists’ oath:

“I promise to be different.”

(“I promise to be different.”)

“I promise to be unique.”

(“I promise to be unique.”)

“I promise not to repeat things other people say.”

(“I promise not to repeat things other people say.”)

Yet on the streets of Washington we have

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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