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The multiplier effect of adding Tea Partiers to social ­conservatives.

Sep 20, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 01 • By JEFFREY BELL
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These are the things that social conservatism and the Tea Party movement seem to share. If the Tea Party is able to join social conservatism as a non-situational, ideological, American founding-centered movement in the years ahead, the political changes will be too vast for the historians of 2060 to be able to ignore.

Jeffrey Bell is policy director of the American Principles Project, a Washington advocacy group, and author of Populism and Elitism: Politics in the Age of Equality. This article is adapted from a talk given at the annual convention of the American Political Science Association.

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