The Rich Don’t Always Win
The Forgotten Triumph Over Plutocracy That Created The American Middle Class, 1900 – 1970
Introducing a new book by Sam Pizzigati…
“Make room for The Rich Don’t Always Win on your bookshelf right next to Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
“Bold, thorough, and above all inspiring—an energizing and spirited reminder of what it took, and what it will take, to once again make ours a nation of equals.” —Gar Alperovitz, author of America Beyond Capitalism
“Only 50 years ago, America ‘soaked’ the rich with a 91 percent income tax. And guess what? America prospered! Not just the rich, but ordinary families. With colorful detail, Sam Pizzigati tells us why we should revisit that policy of prosperity for ALL, rather that for the plutocratic few.” —Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and New York Times best-selling author
“This inspiring history offers a bold blueprint for today’s equality movements.” —Chuck Collins, author of 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It
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Publication date: 11/13/2012
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
About the Author
Veteran labor journalist Sam Pizzigati, as associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, has written widely on America’s grand income and wealth divide for both popular and scholarly readers.
He currently edits Too Much, the Institute’s weekly on excess and inequality and contributes a regular syndicated column to OtherWords, the IPS news service for daily newspapers across the United States. Pizzigati’s last book, Greed and Good: Understanding and Overcoming the Inequality that Limits Our Lives, won a coveted “outstanding title” of the year Choice rating from the American Library Association.
Polls now show that two-thirds of Americans believe that the nation’s enormous wealth ought to be “distributed more evenly.” But almost as many Americans—well over half—feel that protests against inequality will ultimately have “little impact.” The rich, millions of us believe, always get their way.
Except they don’t.
A century ago, the United States hosted a super-rich even more domineering than ours today. Yet fifty years later that super rich had almost entirely disappeared. Their majestic mansions and estates had become museums and college campuses, and America had become a vibrant, mass middle class nation, the first and finest the world had ever seen.
Americans today ought to be taking no small inspiration from this stunning change. After all, if our forbears successfully beat back grand fortune, why can’t we? But this transformation is inspiring virtually no one. Why? Because the story behind it has remained almost totally unknown, until now.
This lively popular history speaks directly to the political hopelessness so many Americans feel. By tracing how average Americans took down plutocracy over the first half of the 20th Century — and how plutocracy came back — The Rich Don’t Always Win outfits the 99 percent with a deeper understanding of what we need to do to get the United States back on track to the American dream.
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