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By Angelique Haugerud

Growing monetary inequality, company impression in politics, an eroding center classification. Many american citizens go away it to politicians and the media to discuss those issues within the public sphere. but different possible usual americans have determined to go into the dialog of wealth in the US by way of wearing ball robes, tiaras, tuxedos, and best hats and taking up the imagined roles of rich, robust, and entirely fictional characters. Why? In No Billionaire Left Behind, Angelique Haugerud, who embedded herself in the "Billionaires" and used to be granted the identify "Ivana Itall," explores the internal workings of those pretend billionaires and mines the depths of democracy's dating to political humor, satire, and irony.

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 bunch named the Billionaires—a famous community of satirists and activists who make a mockery of wealth in America—along with different satirical teams and figures to puzzle out their influence on politics and public opinion. within the spirit of well known courses like The Colbert file and The day-by-day Show, the Billionaires show a cosmopolitan wisdom of economics and public affairs in the course of the lens of satire and humor. via player commentary, interviews, and archival learn, Haugerud offers the 1st ethnographic research of the facility and barriers of this evolving kind of political organizing during this witty exploration of 1 group's efforts to elevate wish and encourage motion in America's present political climate.

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That choral stunt used to be featured on the best of M ­ SNBC’s Rachel Maddow express, in a section captioned “Guerrillas of their Midst. ”17 Maddow stated the Billionaires’ prank used to be a “sign of the continuing spunk and effort at the left to push for a strong model of [health care] reform. ” In 2010, as proposals to chop Social safeguard advantages resurfaced—even notwithstanding the Social safeguard belief fund isn't really in trouble and isn't the reason for the federal finances deficit18—the satirical Billionaires for Social lack of confidence waved symptoms stating “It’s a quandary! simply because We acknowledged So” and “Feeling Entitled to chop Your Entitlements (Since 1936). ” In mid-2010, following the U. S. excellent Court’s electorate United determination, a spin-off staff dressed because the country’s Founding Fathers gained media insurance in their protests in Washington, DC, opposed to monstrous political crusade fund-raising by means of company lobbyists. 19 additionally in 2010, Agit-Pop Communications20 (co-led via Billionaires cofounder Andrew Boyd) and MoveOn teamed as much as create RepublicCorp (“Buying Democracy One Race at a Time”), a “merger among huge organizations and the GOP,” which fast sprouted places of work and road activities in numerous towns, produced a video that MoveOn transmitted to almost 1000000 humans, serenaded the pinnacle of the Republican front-group American motion community, recorded a “corporate anthem,” and joined Stephen Colbert’s 2010 “Keep worry Alive” rally in Washington, DC, between different actions. 21 Andrew Boyd and different former Billionaires tested a netroots association referred to as the opposite 98%, which describes itself on its site as “a political domestic for the silent majority of american citizens who're bored with company keep an eye on of Washington. ” Its taglines contain “Because the center category is simply too immense to Fail” and “Making Democracy paintings for the remainder of Us. ”22 the opposite ninety eight% helped to arrange a wide flashmob of enormous quantities of protesters in may possibly 2011 to spoof the renaming of a theater for ballet and opera at Lincoln heart because the David H. Koch Theatre. 23 one other of its capers: to mark the second one anniversary of the perfect Court’s voters United selection, the ideal courtroom Building’s white external was once in brief lit one night—until police arrived—with large buck indicators and a mild projection of the phrases “rights are for individuals. ”24 Irony, Humor, Spectacle 27 In April 2011, while a few company media shops pronounced that many huge U. S. enterprises paid no federal taxes and that a few even obtained tax credit, the Billionaires’ cofounder Andrew Boyd teamed up with the certain males and US Uncut25 to concoct a broadly suggested media hoax saying that the overall electrical company could “donate [its] complete $3. 2 billion tax refund to aid offset cuts and retailer American jobs. ”26 in the course of the part hour or so while the general public believed the hoax, GE’s inventory plunged after which recovered fast as soon as the hoax was once printed, illustrating, a US Uncut spokesman stated, that GE wouldn't voluntarily “do the suitable factor” and pay their tax—in spite of loopholes within the law—since that may reason their inventory to fall.

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