Question: OWS and the Tea Party
This came up in my post on Cliven Bundy but I have seen it again and again but the point always confuses me so I am turning it into a question for the hive mind.
I frequently here people say that the Tea Party has a lot in common with OWS and the differences between the groups are minimal or cultural. Most of the people I know who say this are of a libertarian bent.
Is this really true? What are the similarities between OWS and the Tea Party?
I either just don’t see any similarities or the cultural differences are rather stark to me. OWS struck me as a largely left-wing movement who ranged from suspicious of free-market Capitalism to being actively hostile against it. They also struck me as being largely okay with the welfare state to varying degrees.
The Tea Party strikes me as being largely pro-Capitalism, anti-Welfare state, and largely social conservative. Recent polling shows them to basically be the far-right wing of the Republican Party.
So what are these similarities and how are the differences only cultural? Or am I correct and this is all just wishful thinking for a grand alliance against the status quo?