Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Danny Vinik — Piketty's Global Wealth Tax Isn't Happening. Here Are Five Politically Realistic Ideas Instead


  1. Supplement wages for low-income workers
  2. Progressive tax reform
  3. Make housing cheaper through [zoning] deregulation
  4. Keep unemployment low to maintain worker bargaining power
  5. Deregulate copyright and patent law [to eliminate rents]
New Republic
Piketty's Global Wealth Tax Isn't Happening. Here Are Five Politically Realistic Ideas Instead
Danny Vinik, political reporter at Business Insider

2 comments:

Clonal said...

Point by point
1) asking Government to subsidize business

2)It is unclear what he means by that. He ends with " $200,000 and $1 million would pay a slightly higher tax rate. (Those with incomes over $1 million would see a slight cut)" This is hardly progressive taxation as seen in the 1960's

3)Zoning deregulation again is a subsidy to business. A much better way is the LVT

4)Keep unemployment low. His solution Federal Reserve should mandate low unemployment. Hah!

5)Deregulate copyright and patent law - implication - the one with the most power and the most money wins. Since everything will be freely copy-able.

Dan Kervick said...

I don't think Piketty's global tax is going to happen in the near future, but I suspect the push for it will emerge as part of a longer term global movement.

The global capital tax needs to be seen in conjunction with Gabriel Zucman's call for a global financial registry and a crackdown on capital flight and wealth shelters.

Part of the issue here is that we live in a globalized capitalist order, and so capitalism-engendered inequality can't be fought in one country alone.