Take Back the Center: Progressive Taxation for a New Progressive Agenda

Take Back the Center: Progressive Taxation for a New Progressive Agenda

by Peter S. Wenz

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262017886
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 08/24/2012
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Peter S. Wenz is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Springfield and University Scholar at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Beyond Red and Blue: How Twelve Political Philosophies Shape American Debates (MIT Press) and other books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction 1

2 The Rich Get Richer 23

3 Progressive Taxation and Free-Market Prosperity 45

4 How Some People Make Millions in America 67

5 Workers Are Cheated 91

6 Corporate Welfare 113

7 Stealing from Our Common Heritage 135

8 The Social Contract 161

9 Democracy 183

10 Conclusion: Economic Growth 209

Notes 233

Index 255

What People are Saying About This

Robert Pollin

For over a generation now, U.S. society has been plagued by rising inequality and diminishing opportunity. Peter Wenz argues forcefully that what lies behind these dismal trends is the growing political influence of the extreme right. Take Back the Center is a practical guide for reviving an egalitarian foundation in the U.S. Wenz describes clearly a range of realistic proposals, including raising taxes on the affluent and ending corporate welfare, which will enable us to pay for good schools, decent incomes for all workers, and a green infrastructure.

From the Publisher

"Occupy Wall Street may have 'changed the conversation,' as any number of commentators have said, but it fell well short of articulating a clear diagnosis of the problems at hand, to say nothing of credible remedies for these ills. Enter Peter Wenz. In this lucid, hopeful book, Wenz offers both a nuanced critique of the anti-egalitarian, non-democratic state of the contemporary U.S. and, more important, a pragmatic vision for how a return to progressive taxation could substantially redress these ills. Let the conversation continue."--Doug McAdam, Stanford University

Doug McAdam

Occupy Wall Street may have 'changed the conversation,' as any number of commentators have said, but it fell well short of articulating a clear diagnosis of the problems at hand, to say nothing of credible remedies for these ills. Enter Peter Wenz. In this lucid, hopeful book, Wenz offers both a nuanced critique of the anti-egalitarian, non-democratic state of the contemporary U.S. and, more important, a pragmatic vision for how a return to progressive taxation could substantially redress these ills. Let the conversation continue.

Joel Magnuson

Peter Wenz has written a compelling new book on how to save America's system from the political right wing and its extremist anti-government, anti-tax ideology. Wenz reminds us that an active citizenry can press upward for a more progressive tax structure, greater investments in education and infrastructure, and other tried and true reforms that promise to restore fairness and sanity to our social milieu. This thoughtful and well-written book should be read by activists, political leaders, or anyone who is interested in preserving true democracy.

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