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Rich People's MovementsGrassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent$
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Isaac Martin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199928996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928996.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Century of Rich People’s Movements

Conclusion: The Century of Rich People’s Movements

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(p.195) Conclusion: The Century of Rich People’s Movements
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Rich People's Movements
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Isaac William Martin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928996.003.0010

The 112th Congress (or the Tea Party Congress) is one of the most conservative in American history. The tax policy proposals made by House Republicans affiliated with the Tea Party caucus include a long list of demands put forward by activists in twentieth century rich people’s movements. Explanations for the rightward turn in Congress that focus only on recent events are incomplete, because the most conservative proposals in this Congress are legacies of a century of rich people’s movements. The ongoing conflict over the federal deficit means that tax policy is likely to remain a battleground, and proposals to increase taxes on the rich are likely to continue inspiring rich people’s movements in the century to come.

Keywords:   Tea Party, political polarization, social movements, conservatism, libertarianism

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