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Not news: Coffee Party schism, News: There is still a Coffee Party?
Schism brews in Coffee Party - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com
The Coffee Party, which launched last year to mild public curiosity in reaction to the Tea Party wave, has receded from public view -- in part because of a schism between its centrist leadership and some left-leaning grassroots.
The movement, co-founded by filmmaker named Annabel Park, was initially seen as a progressive alternative to the Tea Party.
As Newsweek reported of an early meeting, members "were angry. They hated the Tea Party, and the Republican Party. They wanted to get even."
Park, however, says she intended the group to be centrist and non-partisan. She at one point weighed legal action to prevent the left-leaning faction from using their copyrighted logo after Darrell Bouldin, a Tennessee-based activist, started an offshoot called "Coffee Party Progressives."
Read that the other day, below is a follow up...
The Coffee Party and its discontents - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com
We reported on Thursday of a schism between the progressive wing of the Coffee Party and its leadership. Launched with high hopes last year and seen by some as a progressive answer to Tea Party, the party has instead been an example of the failure to counter the power and energy of the tea party movement -- and its own board members are portraying it as an organizational disaster.
This week, the organization also announced the dissolution of the interim board this week, and three board members lashed out against the two cofounders in response.
The second article includes an update with more info from each side of the so called "schism". The newsworthiness of a Coffee Party dispute pales in comparison only to the newsworthiness of the fact that this so called movement still exist in some pathetic form. Meh, more power to them. Worst case it's mildly good news for those who make and sell cofffee.
"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed."
- Francisco d’Anconia (Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand)