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There Is No Green Revolution Without Tax Justice

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/21/there-no-green-revolution-without-tax-justice

In our world, political power is based on money. Money buys newpapers and websites and TV and radio stations to control opinions and minds. It buys elections and hires lobbyists and bribes representatives. Where do taxes fit into this picture? Taxes go to the government. What does the government do with this power? Basically anything they damn well want but what they want is to follow what their bribers want because they have the most money. In other words, to serve the big money corporations, not the people. And since the government prints/digitalizes its own money, tax money is a ruse so people don’t catch on. Why is there always enough money for another war even when we are trillions of dollars in debt? How could we kick off Obummer Corporate Health Care while trillions of dollars in debt? The government and corporations are in cahoots for their mutual benefit and people care is way down the list, just enough so the rabble doesn’t revolt and cause an inconvenient mess for the oligarchy. Printing press money basically enables them to bypass any limitations put on them by messy constitutions and ride roughshod over the people. Corporations don’t pay taxes, their customers do. The corporations just tack on the tax to their product/service, give their CEOs more obscene bonuses and then continue on their merry, exploitive way. The tax problem in this article isn’t the main problem but a symptom of a much deeper problem– corrupt government. How to “un”-corrupt the government is the bigger question – election/monetary reform and a BIG etc. Of course, the system is so corrupt now it is doubtful that it is possible to change it within such a system. I have lots of ideas but what’s yours? Gopherit