Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia
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Tuesday, August 02, 2011
The Willful Ignorance That Has Dragged the US to the Brink
Here's a monumental historical irony: a moment in the origins of the United States that every American schoolchild learns to view with pride, the Boston Tea Party, has now become a symbol of our (inter)national shame. In one sense, it is difficult to know what to say in response to the utter irrationality of the Tea Party's self-destructive decision to sabotage the American political process – and thus its own country's economy, and the global economy.