America's Anger Problem?

Some of the several hundred "Tea Party Express" protesters who demonstrated in Las Vegas on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. (AP)

Americans sure look angry. Sometimes, lethally. The IRS attack in Texas. Campus killer Amy Bishop in Alabama.

And then there’s media pundit rage, and Tea Party rage, and anti-Wall Street rage, and the slow boil anger of the broke and out of work.

There are reaons. And it’s not the first angry season in American history. But it sure is vivid — in a time of 24-hour cable magnification and the easy rant on the web.

The anger can, and does, come right into our personal lives. It imbues our public arena. What’s the effect?

This hour, On Point: Anger in America, and where it’s taking us now. 


Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars and a  former professor of anthropology at Boston University. He’s author of “A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America.”

Paul Starobin, staff correspondent at National Journal and contributing editor at The Atlantic. He’s the author of “After America: Narratives for a Global Age.”

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