Why tax havens cause poverty
posted by TJN at 8:27 am
Great stuff, thanks for posting. I have read quite a bit on avoidance of taxes etc, good to see activists are highlighting the problem.
First, The problem is not that corporations don't pay enough tax, the problem is that the government allows them to do so. The law is designed to favour the rich and powerful, and, just as importantly, so is the entire global trading system. Second: The population has been brainwashed into believing maxims like "business has a duty to maximise profits", and that "globalisation is good for all", and corporate profitability "trickles down" to the broader economy. Thus they never question or analyse anything corporations or governments do in pursuit of those goals. Finally, the media is just as culpable. This programme pretends to explore the issue, but is very, very careful to "balance" everything. So the coporate tax dodgers and their politician enablers are presented as having an equally strong argument as people like Richard Brooks, so what we are left with is the implied conclusion that it all evens out in the end, and there's not much we can do about it.
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