To tax the rich is to bell the cat

Actually, one such solution has been tried! And it brought us out of the worst depression in our history. Steeply Progressive Taxation. You simply have to BELL THE CAT! Which of us mice (everybody who’s not rich) is going to put a bell on the cat (those that are rich)? I mean, I could go on for hrs about my favorites, like mutualism, distributism, anarchocommunism. And I believe these would be ideal. But our country did create a successful mixed economy after WWII. And they did it by forcing the rich to pay in taxes for the privilege of being rich. That way you can control inflation, while funding social programs. The basic problem is if you go either too capitalist or socialist, basically too individualist OR too collectivist, you have problems. You have to have balance. A mixed economy. During several epochs in our countriy’s history we’ve done just that. Most recently, progressive taxation as high as 63% (as high as 90% during 1943-63) for the uber rich was used to pay the bills for WWII, and FDR’s New Deal! And for the first time in world history, a massive depression lasting decades DIDN’T HAPPEN after a major war! Instead we had the largest economic boom in our history!!!! And we did it because taxing the rich reduces the amount the rich are willing to pay for quality products. But it didn’t destroy that market! Market prices adjust always to the highest that the highest bidder is willing to pay. By reducing the money available to the rich, it reduced the prices everyone had to pay!! Thus low inflation AND a welfare state! It did this by putting a roof over the economy, in order to fund a floor under our economy! It created a great middle class by squeezing the top earners and the poor together! Instead of widening the gulf between. You compress the economy into the middle class, or you won’t have a middle class. But the paid shills of the rich, the conservative politicians and economists have always fought this. And with increasing vigor ever since Goldwater. And Generation Jones (born 1954-64) especially, and the Baby Boomers, fell for it hook, line and sinker. Thats why we’ve suffered stagflation, and major depression cycles followed by mini booms that benefited only the rich. By doing away with progressive taxation, they cut all viable social program funding. Forcing the poor and middle class to pay just what the rich are able to. AND they tax the middle class on downward, but give tax havens to the rich! That’s why we have the rich getting richer, and the poor getting poorer. It always happens every time Laissez Faire economics becomes the fad! An economics professor, Robert H. Frank at Cornell University, has written much on this subject. You can find his writings at the Non Trivial Pursuits website I took these writings from. One caveat. My favorite article “THE PROGRESSIVE INCOME TAX Theoretical Foundations” has been archived. It is available using the wayback machine. Another, possibly a rewrite, is available at Non Trivial Pursuits. I have included links here:

https://web.archive.org/web/20161224230816/http://nontrivialpursuits.org/Tax_Policy.htm

http://nontrivialpursuits.org/Tax_Policy.htm

First they came for the socialists

Our anti-communistic attitude that developed and magnified during the cold war has chilling similarities to Nazi ideology. As Hitler and the Nazis believed communism and socialism to be the greatest evils to Germany, he chose to use communism, democracy and especially socialism-TO UNDERMINE democracy AND socialism. They called it “National Socialism” to destroy both socialism and democracy!

“Although Hitler realized that his ascension to power required the use of the Weimar Republic’s parliamentary system (founded on democratic principles), he never intended for the continuation of democratic governance once in control. Contrarily, Hitler proclaimed that he would “destroy democracy with the weapons of democracy.” (Wikipedia, Political views of Adolf Hitler)

Because Nazism co-opted the popular success of communism among working people while simultaneously promising to destroy communism and offer an alternative to it, Hitler’s anticommunist program allowed industrialists with traditional conservative views (tending toward monarchism, aristocracy, and laissez-faire capitalism) to cast their lot with, and help underwrite, the Nazi rise to power. (Wikipedia, Political views of Adolf Hitler)

Hitler said in Mein Kampf:

“In the years 1913 and 1914 I expressed my opinion for the first time in various circles, some of which are now members of the National Socialist Movement, that the problem of how the future of the German nation can be secured is the problem of how Marxism can be exterminated.” (Wikipedia, Political views of Adolf Hitler)

Hitler often denounced democracy, equating it with internationalism. Since democratic ideals espoused equality for all men, it represented to Hitler and his Nazi ideologues the notion of mob rule and the hatred of excellence. (Wikipedia, Political views of Adolf Hitler)

Because Nazism co-opted the popular success of communism among working people while simultaneously promising to destroy communism and offer an alternative to it, Hitler’s anticommunist program allowed industrialists with traditional conservative views (tending toward monarchism, aristocracy, and laissez-faire capitalism) to cast their lot with, and help underwrite, the Nazi rise to power. (Wikipedia, Political views of Adolf Hitler)

And these things are relevant in today’s society. Today we have Trump, racist, populist and quite totalitarian, and he plays people against each other just to see who can endure abuse (just look at his last TV show “The Apprentice”). So did Hitler:

Hitler’s leadership style was to give contradictory orders to his subordinates and to place them into positions where their duties and responsibilities overlapped with those of others, to have “the stronger one [do] the job”.[338] In this way, Hitler fostered distrust, competition, and infighting among his subordinates to consolidate and maximise his own power. (Wikipedia, Adolf Hitler)

Sure sounds like Trump’s “your fired” to me!

WE MUST FIND A WAY TO STOP TRUMP! Or history may be repeating itself!!

In defense of ad blocking

If ad blocking is stealing, then forcing ad reading is armed robbery! Customers generally have a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” philosophy to ads. Those who want something seek out ads. Those who don’t avoid them. When someone wants something, they can just turn off ad blockers. To block ad blockers is a totalitarian way to piss off prospective customers.