The word on the street is that President Obama will focus on jobs tonight in his State of the Union Address, and indeed, the nature of our economic recovery is certainly an important one to have. At the same time, we invite a broader discussion about the state of the union that will call into question the credibility of many aspects of our political system as well as feature nuanced perspectives from those who do not share the prevailing worldview of either major party.
To that end, Big Think is juxtaposing two voices -- one representing the Occupy movement and the other representing the Tea Party movement -- for two alternative perspectives on the state of the union. Here's who they are:
Liberty Belle, aka Keli Carender, writes the blog Redistributing Knowledge, which is coming soon to Big Think. Playwright and political blogger Eric Sanders is a vocal supporter of the Occupy Movement – a nuanced, intelligent voice amid the slogans and propaganda that often dominate political discourse.