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Campaign to save Troy Public Library succeeds with reverse psychology July 8, 2012

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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The rise of the Tea Party across the nation meant that many state and local governments had pressure to cut spending in the time of recession. The municipality of Troy, Michigan, was a hotspot in this movement as residents in 2010  voted down a tax increase to save funding for the city’s public library. A Tea Party backed effort to close the library altogether also succeeded, and it wasn’t until the library’s allies formulated a witty counter-movement that the library was eventually saved.

To learn more about the reverse psychology employed in the effort to save the Troy Public Library, including advertisements for a book burning celebration, watch the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why did the counter-strategy by the library’s proponents work so well?

2.  Were the adversarial tactics of the library’s backers ethical? Why, or why not?

3.  How might political candidates in 2012 use similar strategies in dealing with their Tea Party opponents in general?

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