A Dutchman’s riot at Davos.

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Rutger Bregman.


In Australia the worst thing one can do is to talk about paying taxes. Both major parties make people feel like pariahs whenever a policy is contemplated that might involve paying taxation. Sugar tax is one of those. Taxation raising is a mortal sin and confession to it is not likely to bring you any salvation. You will burn in an eternal hell.  But, the rich get richer and the poor poorer.

One keeps reading that 28 people own as much as half the world’s population. In the US, the richest country in the world,  workers in chicken factories  have to wear diapers because they are not allowed to have the time to go to the toilets. The chicken carcasses are strung on a moving belt so, a toilet break can’t be factored in! Profit at all cost.

It is clear that continuing giving tax breaks is aiding those 28 billionaires but not the workers, and so it goes. Its logical conclusion by governments to keep giving even more tax breaks will result in finally no taxation being paid. Back in Eisenhower’s day the taxation rate stood at 90%. That’s when the US was great, but look at it now! I have never been to the US. But… people who have been there recently are horrified of what they saw. Did anyone watch Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9? The horror of a freedom that allowed the poisoning of 100.000 people in Flint city! And that is just the beginning. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_water_crisis

There was quite a stir at this year’s 2018 economic forum at Switzerland Davos when a young Dutchman got up and spoke a truth that resonated around the world.  The taxation rate for those 28 billionaires stands at zero. He claims that the inequality in the world is taxation avoidance by the super rich. It is not rocket science!

I urge you to see this video of the Dutchman at Davos.


The more I hear about western democracy the more I admire my hydrangeas.


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17 Responses to “A Dutchman’s riot at Davos.”

  1. freefall852 Says:

    Yes…I watched that Michael Moore docco just last night…but the thing that concerned me most was the cosying up of the democrats with big capital…a similar thing was happenning here with certain right-wing elements in Labor getting too “familiar” with Big Corp’…a kind of “cross-pollination” between Labor and Capital interests..I have railed about it for years…It has got me into trouble with several Blog sites…the last one you know about….

    What I can trace the origins to is a common denominator of private-school education…the LNP currently has over 80% of its House members from private education…Labor at just over 50%….and while we can say that no two persons are alike in opinion or attitude, we ALL are aware of the skilled acumen of educators who want to get hold of and turn the young mind in a certain cultural direction.

    And while we can say that individual reaction and interpretation to a certain set of social conditions could be different, the odds of influencing the “organic habits” of that individual or individuals to interpret and implement a certain set of rules to overcome a social situation can be “conditioned” into the mind-set of a person from a young age…..Hence the seemingly blind-faith from some in the “social healing powers” of a free-market economy.

    Unfortunately now from both sides of the political spectrum…or at least from those with that “ace up the sleeve” of a select, private education.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      A great reply, Jo.
      This debate over private schools versus public schools will never be solved. It is part of the inheritance from The English disease whereby parents are encouraged to have a choice of schools that they then pay for. The idea that education should be good at all schools doesn’t enter their heads. What they really want is for Johnny and Shirley to get the right connection that their parents enjoyed when they went to school. The old schoolboy club with all the status that that holds.

      It infuriates me to see those kids all dressed in their straw hats, blazers, and Jane Austin skirts with the name of the school prominent on the uniforms. Here a sample of education and its insistence on conformity, punishment and retribution.

      Look how the issue of Australia’s main and only river of substance is handled, The Murray-Darling. I bet you nothing will get done and it will continue to die. All for the sake of cotton growers and all governed by those ‘educated’ private school oafs.

      One of our grandsons had to sit in the Headmaster office because his hair did not conform to a special rule. It was short but as is fashionable, somewhat layered. He was not allowed to get back in his class till his hair had acquired, according to this silly Catholic headmaster’s rule, a certain standard.

      He went home by himself totally humiliated.

      And they talk about bullying!

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      • freefall852 Says:

        The red-hot outrage I had thrown at me in two blog sites that were run or moderated by those with a private schooled secondary education proved to me just how “valued” and personalised that education had become…NOT because of a degree ofr higher learning, but rather as you say..that perception of being part of a”privelidged network” of high-status citizenry.
        Without checking, I would be VERY surprised if the top echelon of the Judiciary, Big Corp’ boards, Govt’ departments and authorities are not held by the “old-school tie” network.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Not only that, they also take every opportunity to minimise tax. Our national sport. And then the kids miss out on good education. However, last year’s Australian hero of the year, Edie Woo, was chosen because he was an exceptional teacher.
        And that’s our only hope. The future should make sure that teaching will be much higher regarded and well paid.

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  2. freefall852 Says:

    There’s a wonderful Scandi’ social economist from the nineteenth century : “Thorsten Veblen” who nailed the system of higher learning in his book : “The Theory of the Leisure Class” ..you can read it online here..: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/833/833-h/833-h.htm I often refer to him in these matters as he was so far ahead of his time then and is still a stride or two ahead of this lot now!

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  3. leggypeggy Says:

    Bring on a sugar tax and bring on a carbon tax. And for goodness sake, go after the rich who connive to pay no income tax.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Even a rise in GST would bring in a lot more revenue.
      Australia’s GST compares very low with most countries at 10%.
      Here some of them;
      Austria 19%
      Belgium 20%
      Holland 21%
      Norway 25%
      Sweden 25%
      Finland 24%
      Germany 19%

      Taxation, taxation…it is good!

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  4. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Right on, Gerard!
    And thank you for sharing the link! I’m interested in watching the vid!
    Your last sentence…I agree!
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…”The more I learn about people, the more I love my dog!” 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Sometimes I think that no government could work better. Some years ago, Belgium was without a Government for a long time and things worked perfectly. The mussels kept on arriving and people drank their coffees sat around talking while children kept on going to schools.
      With much work being done by computers and robots, the aim to get everyone a job and work 40 hour weeks is doomed. The Dutchman and many others now believe a universal income will come about and the work reduce to perhaps two days a week.

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      • doesitevenmatter3 Says:

        Seems some gov’t’s these days are focused on the wrong things. 😦 I wonder if they are trying to keep us distracted and our minds off the important things…or sadly if they really just don’t care about the important things. 😦


  5. freefall852 Says:

    But what worried me the most in that Moore docco’, was the eerie repetiveness of the close margins of the winning party in many elections now in Western democracies..
    If we go back to the George W Bush/Al Gore race, with Bush winning by a suspicious whisker..and then we have the Trump/Clinton campaign with Trump suddenly coming from behind to clinch victory in what has to be seen as someVERY dodgy numbers….Sure, it is said that the “abandoned white-working-class rallied behind Trump….but hang on a minute…even if they did, Clinton had the “Black” vote, the Latino vote, the women’s vote, the academic vote and a fair percentage of working-class voters…so I cannot see how a rally by ONE section of the populace would be enough to overturn the percentage of the others…
    And a similar thing happened in our last Fed’ election where Turnbull won by just one seat…and THAT on postal votes alone!??..and given that Forde electorate returned one of the highest percenatge of postal votes (c;13%) and the seat was won by around 1000 votes and that electorate being describes as “predomitably industrial working class”, and the election being held in July..one has to wonder just where those “predomitably working class people” went for their holidays in the middle of winter so thay could only vote with a postal vote rather than a pre-poll?…perhaps it was Cap’d’antibes ?….or the Riviera?…
    You get what I mean?
    I am very suspicious when a nation gets to be governed by one contentious party with contentious policy by winning with suspicious circumstances….but then, perhaps it is just me.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, but in America too, they have a voting system based on some outdated legislation dating back to the days of slavery when blacks were excluded from voting. The party needs to win ‘colleges’.
      In Australia the winning part needs to get a majority of ‘seats’. Just as crazy.
      In between elections the borders of those seats are changed to include a population more deemed to vote for one party or the other It is called jerrymandering or some strange word.
      Logic does never come into it. That is the prerogative of the Anglo world. A Monty Python sketch would never work in Holland.

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  6. freefall852 Says:

    Again, not wanting to “singularise” the conversation of this topic, But the worrying thing I see in the Americas, the British and the Australian political climate, is the signs of cultural decay and submission under the crushing mandate of mortage and hire-purchase loans alongside low wages….The absolute dominance of an oligarchy that is now so entrenched, it has to hold onto power by whatever means it can…”legal” and illegal…it cannot afford to lose an election….not only because of the resulting financial losses, but now, because of all the fraud, corruption and crooked dealing, there will surely be a swathe of criminal cases to be brought against certain individuals that could bring down their whole House of Cards.

    I wrote of such deceit here in the founding of Sth Aust’..: https://freefall852.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/das-testament/ but it could bea blueprint for many places.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      That’s right, Jo. The billionaires got us all snookered. And the rates of suicides keeps going up.
      Years ago, Holland introduced a law whereby no one could earn a salary more that 5 times the average salary. It was deemed to be a fair law. I am not sure if that is still exists. Here, a past chairperson of the Post office paid himself some obscene salary amounting to millions. Bank chiefs too, earn millions a year. How much expensive wine or huge T-bone steaks can they eat or how large a mansion can they live in?
      I suppose a law limiting 5 million $ in wealth acquirements per individual would soon level inequality. Would it not?
      What on earth do people do with billions?

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  7. gerard oosterman Says:

    Inequality; A jobless person gets $260.- a week!

    “Australia Post’s former CEO Ahmed Fahour walks away with $10.8 million pay package. Australia Post has revealed its former chief executive Ahmed Fahour was paid a total of $10.8 million after quitting earlier this year amid political and community uproar.”

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    • Big M Says:

      Compared to the head of the US postal Service who oversees an organisation over fifteen times the size of Australia Post is on about $200 thousand a year.It beggars belief.


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