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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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The Radical Rich

The Radical Rich

(p.131) Chapter 6 The Radical Rich
Rich People's Movements

Isaac William Martin

Oxford University Press

The movement to repeal the income tax lost ground after 1953, despite favorable political opportunities—including sympathetic officials at the head of the Ways and Means Committee and even the presence of an income tax repealer at the head of the Internal Revenue Service. The reason was the absence of a new policy threat to inspire mobilization. Without a new policy threat to replenish the pool of potential activists, movement entrepreneurs kept their campaign alive only by packaging income tax repeal together with other policies. Foremost among these was the Liberty Amendment, a proposal that combined income tax repeal with a proposal to sell off virtually all the assets of the federal government.This tactic won adherents in some southern and western states, but ultimately failed to influence federal tax policy.

Keywords:   Income tax, conservatism, libertarianism, radical right, Liberty Amendment

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