Who are the "Tea Party" activists, and what do they hope to accomplish? Will their crusade purify American conservatism or factionalize it further? Former Republican House Minority leader Dick Armey, a key Tea Party supporter, offered his take at Big Think today.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Armey, who helped author the "Contract with America" in 1994, described how he believes the Republican Party has lost its way in the 15 years since. A onetime economics professor, he also proposed a path out of the current recession, which he faults the Obama Administration for perpetuating. His interview will be featured as part of Big Think's special "Future of Conservatism" series next week.