Denmark and even Sweden have had their share of tax revolts – for Denmark, think Glistrup and the present government’s use of the “tax moratorium” and how property taxes are slowly being made politically unsustainable – but the overall development since the 1970s has been different than that of the US. Or has it?
Two quotes from the blurb on Amazon:
“The Permanent Tax Revolt” traces the origins of this anti-tax campaign to the 1970s, in particular, to the influence of grassroots tax rebellions as homeowners across the United States rallied to protest their local property taxes.Isaac William Martin advances the provocative new argument that the property tax revolt was not a conservative backlash against big government, but instead a defensive movement for government protection from the market.
In time, American political institutions and the strategic choices made by the protesters channeled the movement toward the kind of tax relief favored by the political right, with dramatic consequences for American politics today.