Lobbyist for the People: A Record of Fifty Years

Lobbyist for the People: A Record of Fifty Years

Lobbyist for the People: A Record of Fifty Years

Lobbyist for the People: A Record of Fifty Years

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For thirty -- odd years, Ben Marsh thundered on Capitol Hill against those who sought to perpetuate and amplify economic injustices. His voice was not heard in Washingtonalone; his audience was America. The People's Lobby (which despite his repeated denials was in essence Ben Marsh) scattered timely and effective leaflets, reprints and bulletins across the nation. Energetic Ben often accompanied his messages in person. He escaped Washington as frequently as possible in order the better to understand and interpret the United States.

Ben Marsh was a misplaced missionary of unchallenged integrity, who came of age in the latter days of the single tax movement. He shared the energy and enthusiasm of the muckrakers. Yet an essential difference kept him from being one of them. While they concentrated upon specific reforms and specific condemnations, Ben was concerned with a pattern of basic economic change which had much in common . . .

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