One of the benefits of the Tea Party movement is the expansion of political literacy. People like Hayek, Nozick, Rand, von Mises, Rothbard, and others are being read by people who never really bothered to think about such things before. Of course, the people in Washington are a bit ticked that the masses would do their own thinking and whatnot, so you get lots of charges of racism and hatred and such. My favorite one, though, is that the Tea Party folks are ignorant. Yes, nothing makes one ignorant like reading.