Opportunities for Better Taxation

Posted on 09/09/2011 by


Read part 3 here.

The present era of corporate dominance is coming to an end. This is for numerous reasons, which are deserving of their own discussion. Suffice it to say, corporations desperately need stable, dependable profit growth; an economic transition is underway which will leave that need impossible to meet.

Given the impending collapse of corporations, this provides an opportunity unique in history: The chance for a taxation policy which is specifically geared to defend a new class of power-holders. Specifically, the farmers, sole-proprietors, and other varieties of entrepreneurs, upon whom economies – and indeed civilisations – actually depend. The relative permanence of taxation policy would make this move very difficult to undo. After a generation, it would render the zero-tax class essentially entrenched.

In ages past, up until the modern industrial corporate-capitalist economy, the zero-tax class have been aristocrats, and later the classic capitalist (for example, John D Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, et cetera). In other words, they have been living, breathing people.

This, in the past, has worked strongly against those people who have wanted to revise taxation policies to favour a different set of people. Namely, the poor and working classes, upon whom a country actually depends for its economic and political health.

The zero-tax class are understandably rather attached to the riches which they have garnered. To lever the riches away from them, even a small amount, tends to make them rather unhappy. Unhappy rich people tend to hire mercenaries to shoot the restive poor, and otherwise further consolidate their hold on power.

That being the case, the rich today are no longer the core of the zero-tax class. If my hypothesis holds true, they are therefore no longer holding the reigns of political power. That privilege belongs to corporations; here we return to my aforementioned unique opportunity.

Since corporations, despite the US Supreme Court’s delusions to the contrary, are not flesh-and-blood people. They cannot be put on trial and brought before the judge; they do not have necks which can be stretched by a noose. They are mere institutions which, without people to staff them, are meaningless. It stands to reason that in reality, they can be done no harm.

In essence, they can be disenfranchised to the hilt without any individual truly suffering from this action. Employees below the management level are not treated with any unprofitable – or enforced – humanity. Lower management itself is generally only paid slightly more than those they supervise; the real compensation being the power to lord it over their underlings.

The only people who, really, could complain about lost financial privilege are the executives. As they are typically members of the nearly-zero-tax class, I firmly believe these squawks can be safely ignored. People who profit the most from the corporate model also have the most financial ‘fat’, as it were, to lose without being the worse for it. Indeed, it might be beneficial to their longevity.

Corporations, therefore, can be successfully relieved of their zero-tax privilege without any great moral or ethical concerns. This can also be done without much fear to life and limb: corporations, unlike the super-rich industrialists of old, are only as creative as the dullest decision-maker within its infrastructure.

One cannot accuse Mr Pullman of being uncreative in regards to dealing with his striking workers in 1894. One can, however, accuse Wal-Mart of being uncreative in not using its political leverage to have exclusive rights to the food stamp programme.

Rather than needing to resort to the torches and pitchforks of the good old days, or even the protests of the more recent bad old days, bringing down corporations is far simpler. Simply stop giving them money, and they will crumble into dust. If, say, a mere 10% of Wal-Mart shoppers were to become ex-Wal-Mart shoppers, that corporation would be brought to its knees.

So on and so forth with every corporation with which the average citizen has direct – or even indirect – economic intercourse.

In short, the unique opportunity is the weakness of the very system which presently holds the zero-tax privilege. By withdrawing economic support of the corporate system, it can be effectively euthanised without necessitating any blood from being spilt. The privileged class can be brought down, and effectively replaced by bottom-up action of only the loosest coordination.

Indeed, all that is required is a moderate shift in consciousness. The present perception is that corporations provide the superior product. If this should slip even just a little, especially in such a delicate economic environment, the corporate model will fail. Having no income tax is a hollow privilege if one has insufficient income to support one’s fixed costs.

Read part 5 here.

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