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Can There Be Bottom-Up Change Without Proverbs? (BOOK REVIEW)

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Yes, Christian scripture does contain the following passage that endorses progressive taxation: "From everyone to whom much has been given [in income], much will be required [in taxes]; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted [such as the money manager of other people's money], even more will be demanded [in taxes]" (Luke 12:48 NRSV).

In any event, it appears that speakers who want to advance bottom-up social and political change in the United States, such as Rob Kall, should use proverbs and proverbial expressions in their presentations, as King did.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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