As the Occupy Wall Street protests continue on, some observers have started to wonder about the potential for convergence among left-wing and right-wing populists. Jim Harper of the Cato Institute has attracted particular attention for his Venn diagram suggesting what he sees as the common interests of OWS and the tea party movement.
In this week’s edition of the FIRE Podcast, R.J. Lehmann, deputy director of The Heartland Institute’s Center on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, speaks with Tim Carney, senior political reporter with the Washington Examiner (and occasional McLaughlin Group panelist) about his recent experience camping out with the protestors in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. Carney put forward his own thesis in a recent Examiner piece that proposes unifying Left and Right against the doctrine of “too big to fail,” concluding that “believers in the free market should stop giving banks cover.”
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