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15 September 2009 @ 12:55 pm
And That's The Way It Is: "Mister Taxy" Is A Friend Of The Rich  
I'm posting this link in part for my own benefit, for easy reference in the future:

“Mister Taxy” Is A Friend Of The Rich.

In which MGK makes it clear that the biggest beneficiaries of tax dollars devoted to social infrastructure are, in fact, the wealthy.

The level of income inequality between the poorest and richest is the greatest it ever has been in human history. On the one hand, that kind of sucks; on the other hand, it’s amazing. There’s a reason that feudal lords in the Middle Ages weren’t as comparatively rich as modern tycoons, and it’s not because of technology: it’s because they don’t have to spend money on keeping people alive and healthy and generating value and furthermore able to generate the best possible value, because the government does that for them, and frankly does it better than individuals could anyway.

Araquan Skytraceraraquan on September 15th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
This is why I've thought that any person opposed to taxation on the grounds that they'll have an easier time getting rich (or staying rich) is being very short-sighted. Sure, they'll get to keep more money now... but in a generation or two when everyone's sicker, nobody can get anywhere (to say nothing of materials and goods...) and nobody knows how to read, how will they create wealth then?

*peers at the state of the transportation infrastructure, education system, and health care*

I guess we'll find out, won't we...
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on September 16th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what the guy is trying to say, hehe. I also think he's wrong. Almost all productivity in the world comes not from humans but machines. The human element is small, now, and getting smaller. Which is why social systems don't benefit the rich in particular - they are making workers obsolete.