You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver
- Apr 3, 2020
The sheer ineffectuality of these calls speaks for itself.Oh yeah, cause its not like he has sought a tax increase for the super rich or anything, oh wait.
Talk is cheap. At the point Gates and other billionaires have used some of their millions to fund a major tax reform lobbying group to persuade politicians to raise taxes on them, I feel they're really not that bothered.
It should be about redistribution. Or at least, constraining the ability of a few to earn stupendous amounts in the first place. There is no point complaining about billionaires and billionaires dominating politics without tackling billionaires. We can go all the way back to the earliest philosophers important to our liberal, democratic capitalist society such as John Locke and Adam Smith, and clearly discern their concern about wealth inequality as a threat to a fair, just society and democratic governance. But unsurprisingly, those parts of their writings are conveniently ignored.It isn't about redistribution but about everyone accepting some efficiencies that big government could bring to certain sections of an economy (ie Medicaid for All) and paying for it.
We have these warnings about wealth inequality across the centuries, we can see the problem in front of very eyes here and now and so many people are concerned and outraged by it. But why does such a big chunk of them on the right have the sheer ideological incoherence that it froths with outrage at the prospect of measures that would tackle it?