Rich Peoples Movements: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent

Paperback | February 15, 2015

byIsaac Martin

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On tax day, April 15, 2010, hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets with signs demanding lower taxes on the richest one percent. But why? Rich people have plenty of political influence. Why would they need to publicly demonstrate for lower taxes - and why would anyone who wasn'trich join the protest on their behalf? Isaac William Martin shows that such protests long predate the Tea Party of our own time. Ever since the Sixteenth Amendment introduced a Federal income tax in 1913, rich Americans have protested new public policies that they thought would threaten their wealth. But while historians have taught usmuch about the conservative social movements that reshaped the Republican Party in the late 20th century, the story of protest movements explicitly designed to benefit the wealthy is still little known. Rich People's Movements is the first book to tell that story, tracking a series of protestmovements that arose to challenge an expanding welfare state and progressive taxation. Drawing from a mix of anti-progressive ideas, the leaders of these movements organized scattered local constituencies into effective campaigns in the 1920s, 1950s, 1980s, and our own era. Martin shows how protesters on behalf of the rich appropriated the tactics used by the Left-from the Populistsand Progressives of the early twentieth century to the feminists and anti-war activists of the 1950s and 1960s. He explores why the wealthy sometimes cut secret back-room deals and at other times protest in the public square. He also explains why people who are not rich have so often rallied totheir cause. For anyone wanting to understand the anti-tax activists of today, including notable defenders of wealth inequality like the Koch brothers, the historical account in Rich People's Movements is an essential guide.

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On tax day, April 15, 2010, hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets with signs demanding lower taxes on the richest one percent. But why? Rich people have plenty of political influence. Why would they need to publicly demonstrate for lower taxes - and why would anyone who wasn'trich join the protest on their behalf? Isaa...

Isaac William Martin is Professor of Sociology at the University of California-San Diego. He is the author of The Permanent Tax Revolt: How the Property Tax Transformed American Politics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:February 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction: The Riddle of Rich People's Movements1. The Revolution of 19132. Populism against the Income Tax3. The Sixteenth Amendment Repealers4. The Most Sinister Lobby5. The Power of Women6. The Radical Rich7. Strange Bedfellows8. The Temporary Triumph of Estate Tax RepealConclusion: The Century of Rich People's Movements