The Great Debate

Searching for a real populist

By Michael Kazin
January 6, 2014

In the American political lexicon, few words are as prevalent — or as confusing — as “populism.”

IRS at 100: How income taxation built the middle class

By John Buenker and Sam Pizzigati
October 2, 2013

Exactly a century ago, on October 3, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the first modern federal income tax into law. The sky did not fall.