Earlier I had a shocking (to me) thought.

I am now wondering whether the OWS movement served to disrupt what had been the Tea Party’s burgeoning cross-cultural appeal. As I haveĀ noted in old and tedious posts, there is a great deal of overlap between class war and culture war. So much so that the distinctions blur. (And can be made to blur further, by skilled distinction-blurrers.)

The Tea Party in this area was loaded with libertarians, Ron Paul supporters, and bohemian type kids who sport tattoos and piercings — you know, the sort of people who’d be targeted by petition gatherers seeking to put Michigan’s latest marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot.

This must have been very threatening to the left, especially the movers, shakers and influence shapers who want to stereotype us all and tell us what we really think, harness our natural class hatreds, etc.

Anyway, I am wondering whether the OWS movement might have been a strategy cooked up by behavioral science schemers to help breathe new life into the very tired “culture war,” and shore up if not restore some of the most cherished “traditional” right-wing versus left-wing lifestyle stereotype memes. Very quickly, many rank-and-file Tea Party activists seemed to veer more sharply into social conservatism than ever before. Is there an OWS connection? Or is it just a coincidence?

(A more troubling question is whether I should be thinking out loud. Is that bad strategy?)

NOTE: This blog post was Sarah’s fault, for causing me to think about what makes people hate some cars more than others. These things are not entirely rational.