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Ronald Reagan: Progressive Taxation Came Direct From Karl Marx

gbaldwin Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 10:31 PM
Except this isn't true. Progressive taxation actually came from Thomas Paine... Yes, that Thomas Paine... he moved to France and wrote a book called Agrarian Justice. The outlined arguments for that book actually inspired Marx's economic alchemy. You can look it up.
Ronald Reagan, who was then a movie actor, delivered one of the greatest and most prophetic speeches of the 20th century, when he appeared before the Orange County Press Club on July 28, 1961.

Vital Speeches of the Day later published the full text under the headline, "Encroaching Control: Keep Government Poor and Remain Free."

Reagan made an alarming argument: Americans were slowly surrendering to socialism just as some socialists had predicted they would.

"Not too long ago," Reagan said, "Norman Thomas, six times a candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, commented that 'the American people would never knowingly...