you a slave? Certainly not you would say. Not in the traditional meaning. But
think about it.
slave has limited freedom. Is your freedom limited? It certainly is.
people are born free, but that is the end of it. The end of freedom begins
after birth for most of us.
does not want to discuss this issue in full. Not because he does not want to,
but because he knows that you will not read too many words if the subject is
extended as it should be.
everyone was slaves, nobody would think they were slaves. Atle thinks about tax
slavery – most people have to pay tax but quite a few are exempted.
Piketty (Capital in the 21st Century) writes that during «La Belle Epoque»
(roughly 1700 to 1900) the rentiers had a good time. (10.000 Pound Sterling had
about the same value for 200 years!)
the First World War in 1914 capital (almost only private capital) amounted to
about 7 times the value of national income in France, the UK, and the USA.
(This is not accurate– but read the book yourself).
capital was slashed by two world wars.
in 2015, «La Belle Epoque» is returning for private capital (most nations are,
however, in deep, deep debt). If you have a small purse, the revenue is 0
(zero). If you have a small bank account you might get a revenue of 1-2 % which
is eaten by inflation and tax. If you have a really big purse (billions of
dollars) you might get a revenue of 10 %. If you are clever the revenue is
taxed in a tax haven (Cayman Islands etc), and you pay virtually no tax at all.
should agree that it is not fair that people with a modest income pay much tax,
but people with immense income pay virtually nothing.
man is born equal, and should be so later in life, too. It is only fair and
right that the affluent should contribute to the common good and welfare.
do we need states and governments for concerning a fair taxation regime if they
cannot cooperate and make rules to stop tax evasion?
is time we, the slaves, rise and demand a stop to this.