It may come as no surprise that a strong majority of Americans support a wealth tax — a higher tax rate for a small number of millionaires and billionaires.
But what might be a surprise is that some of those millionaires and billionaires are calling for a wealth tax themselves.
Abigail Disney is one of those people.
Her grandfather was Roy Disney, co-founder of the multibillion-dollar entertainment conglomerate that bears her family name — though she currently has no formal role with the company.
The activist and filmmaker has been speaking out on the issue of income inequality, and specifically at Disney.
She was one of 18 people in the top one-tenth of the wealthiest 1% who first signed a recent letter to the 2020 presidential candidates supporting a tax for households with $50 million or more in assets.
"Nothing in history ever moved forward just because people advocated for their own interests," Disney tells All Things Considered. "Things really change when people are traitors to their class, and my class needs some really good traitors these days."
He came in search of wealth, status, and power.
He was intensely eager, indeed avid, for wealth.