By Angelique Haugerud
No Billionaire Left Behind is a compelling research into how satirical activists take on of the main contentious subject matters in modern American political tradition: the more and more profound department of wealth in the USA, and the function of massive funds in electoral politics. Anthropologist and writer Angelique Haugerud deftly charts the evolution of a gaggle named the Billionaires—a admired community of satirists and activists who make a mockery of wealth in America—along with different satirical teams and figures to puzzle out their effect on politics and public opinion. within the spirit of well known courses like The Colbert record and The day-by-day Show, the Billionaires display a worldly wisdom of economics and public affairs in the course of the lens of satire and humor. via player statement, interviews, and archival examine, Haugerud presents the 1st ethnographic learn of the facility and barriers of this evolving kind of political organizing during this witty exploration of 1 group's efforts to elevate desire and encourage motion in America's present political climate.
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In mirrored image on it, we spent fifty dollars to shop for a raft; they spent fifty thousand greenbacks generating this occasion, hiring a certified media enterprise to publicize it . . . we thoroughly devastated them. classes realized from this occasion, Collins says, comprise targeting “the visible you will want: flat tax sinks operating family”; culture-jamming (subverting) the message of your opponent; getting reliable improve info and making plans conscientiously, which calls for “precision and self-discipline” in order that humans understand their roles, their locations, and their arrival instances, they usually stick with the plan. really very important, Collins feedback, is what you must look within the digital camera body— as a consequence, a “pitiful operating family members existence raft huddling less than those men who're going to drop a trunk that claims ‘Tax Code. ’ That’s the image . . . it’s nearly as good because it will get” (Figure three. 1). Experiments in Satirical Activism, Nineties a hundred and one FI GU R E three. 1 “Your flat tax will sink the operating family,” shouted demonstrators of their “Working kinfolk existence Raft,” as congressmen ready to offload the tax code, in a field marked “Tea,” into Boston Harbor. April sixteen, 1998. picture courtesy of Boston Globe and Getty pictures. even supposing Armey and Tauzin depicted a flat tax with the intention to eliminate unjust tax burdens on usual voters, Chuck Collins and his UFE colleagues’ culture-jamming method published what such rhetoric obscured. That intended reframing Armey and Tauzin’s message via making a compelling photo to demonstrate how their proposed tax code revision would truly profit a privileged minority and damage terrible and middle-class households. in the course of the mid-1990s, as media analysts Jamieson and Waldman saw, “Steve Forbes and his flat tax [proposal] have been being criticized not just through Democrats yet by way of lots of the Republican institution as well,” together with Newt Gingrich. sixty nine simply because U. S. newshounds “determine no matter if a suggestion is taken into account ‘reasonable’ in public debate largely by means of if it is embraced through elite figures,” the flat-tax proposal’s rejection by way of key figures in either significant political events “increased the chance that it might be forged [by media] as outdoors the mainstream. ”70 that very same conception can have elevated the 102 Pre-Billionaires likelihood that dominant information shops might disguise a political prank that satirized the flat-tax inspiration. Media insurance of the 1998 Boston Tea celebration send Prank a few information media tales concerning the 1998 Boston Tea get together send prank performed besides the tongue-in-cheek spirit of the UFE activists and the attraction of David-versus-Goliath tales. seventy one a number of bills handled the capsizing of the operating relations lifestyles Raft dismissively. The Boston Globe carried the tale on its entrance web page, in addition to images of the “Working kinfolk existence Raft. ”72 The framing is “Republicans and anti-tax teams staged bits of Tax Day political theater around the nation” on April 15 for you to dramatize their demands a flat tax, nationwide revenues tax, decrease taxes, or fewer taxes. The Globe additionally cites polls displaying little public enthusiasm for such tax-change proposals, declaring that these polled named medical insurance as a most sensible difficulty.