southbeach1500 saidThe boston tea party 1774
Name a similar level of economic protests that have taken place in U.S. history. They're few and far between.
The homestead strike 1892
Coxy's Army 1894
Bread and Roses 1912
Men of steel 1919
Cox's army 1932
The great depression 1934 (over 2000 strikes bu 1.5 million unemployed)
Rail strike of 1946
The post stops here 1970
grounded for good 1981
The subprime rage 2008
Occupt wall st 2011
I do find it rather interesting that most of these econo-political movements took place AFTER the onset of the industrial revolution.
The abysmal ignorance of American history on display in right wing rhetoric in general, and most particularly by SB's question(as quoted above) is representative of what is undermining American credibility and global pre-eminence. The wonderful irony for an observer is arrogance and ignorance is the very epitome of the "tragic flaw" in classic literature.
For that reason alone we in other countries are so entertained by this comic drama of hypocrisy in the USA where most of their history has been spent trying to justify why their founding principles can be simultaneously their "defining characteristic" while simultaneously being patently untrue.
It is Cognitive Dissonance grown to nationhood.