Friday, December 12, 2008


CHECK THIS OUT! The boys 'back in the day' must have got it going for a while. Seems like a happy thing to me!

David Beito has brought to light a remarkable and previously unknown chapter of the Great Depression: its tax revolts. They were widespread and systematic, and they made such huge progress in some places that they threatened to bring local and state government to its knees.
Here we have an aggressive resistance to the New Deal. It's no wonder historians before Beito completely ignored this great movement.

Beito explores their driving force, the leadership, the ideological basis, their progress and their dealings with the press. He shows how they worked the system to curb tax increases and roll back the taxes in place.

Who knew?

The most exciting section deals with how the elites and the government (including large corporations) smeared the movement as enemies of the people and society.

Beito's book reads like a novel, complete with a tragic ending that teaches lessons for the future. Without meaning to give away the ending, the tax-revolt movement was bought down by the promises of good and better government - a naive assumption that the leadership should have seen through.

There is so much learn from here!
232 page, paperback, 2008

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