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Where it’s coming from and why we need it
A study group led by IOP Fellow Mark McKinnon
Wednesdays 4-5:15 p.m. Special Guest: Mark MecklerMark Meckler, a small business owner who accidentally became a national leader of an intentionally leaderless movement, co-founded the Tea Party Patriots, a grassroots organization formed in March of 2009 to demand fiscal responsibility, a constitutionally limited government and support for free-market principles. With its goal to change the political landscape in America, Meckler will talk about how and why this substantial conservative movement started, where it is today and the work he is now doing disrupt the system in new ways.
********The evidence is everywhere. Americans are unhappy with our political system. Voters have lost faith in the government and political parties. Only 10 percent of voters believe Congress is doing a good job. Ten years ago, people were frustrated, but largely apathetic. Today, with economic discontent, foreign conflicts unresolved and pressing public policy issues unattended, increasingly citizens are engaging in organizations and movements designed to break the existing framework. We will examine why such deep dissatisfaction exists within the system. What are the root causes? And then explore the interesting ways in which people are organizing to reform the system.