RICHARD SWIFT ~ THE GREAT REVENUE ROBBERY ~ BETWEEN THE LINES ~ 2013

~ TCAMETSTPTTSOSP ~ Tax Cuts Are Much Easier To Sell The Public Than The Shredding Of Social Programs

~ WNT-LD-B-FTRP-NJBC-S ~ We Need To – Lower Deficits – By – Fixing The Revenue Problem – Not Just By – Cutting Spending

~ RTCTR ~ Raise The Corporate Tax Rate

~ TINETSTGCTCTCCJ ~ There Is No Evidence To Support The Government’s Claim That Corporate Tax Cuts Create Jobs

~ RTOHIE-A-CTL ~ Raise Taxes On High-Income Earners – And – Close Tax Loopholes

~ IAFTT ~ Implement A Financial Transactions Tax

~ IATOLEOIW ~ Introduce A Tax On Large Estates Of Inherited Wealth

~ TTH ~ Tackle Tax Havens

~ ISAPCT MEAT-A-LC-W-T-PAPOC-T-C-A-T -CT-AAT-S-U-A-UWG-AW-C-A-T-S ~ Introduce Smart And Progressive Carbon Taxes – More – Efficient And Transparent – And – Less Corruptible – Way – To – Put A Price On Carbon – Than – Cap-And-Trade ~ Carbon Taxes – Also Avoid The – Speculation – Uncertainty – And – Unfair Windfall Gains – Associated With – Cap-And-Trade – Systems

~ UTTSTHRPAI ~ Use The Tax System To Help Reduce Poverty And Inequality

~ P-RP ~ Post-Reality Politics

~ NTAA-WLT-NG-NI-A-CA ~ No Taxes At All – Would Lead To – No Government – No Infrastructure – And – Complete Anarchy

~ I-TWEDFM-GI-TAOIG ~ Ironically – The Wealthy Elites Demand Far More – Government Intervention – Than Any Other Interest Group

~ FDCTN ~ Facts Directly Contradict The Narrative

~ TMOTM-THWIRWR-HBUAACF-TMROWFTLAMCTTW ~ The Myth Of The Meritocracy – That Hard Work Is Rewarded With Riches – Has Been Used As Cover For – The Massive Redistribution Of Wealth From The Lower And Middle Classes To The Wealthy

~ CEAL-EBTW-ANRA-U;I-TAPA-RGFTMC ~ Corporate Excesses And Luxuries – Enjoyed By The Wealthy – Are Not Recognized As – Unfair; Indeed – They Are Proffered As – Realistic Goals For The Middle Class

~ ‘WTAP’ ~ “Winner-Take-All Politics”

~ TFANE ~ The Facts Are Not Enough

~ CC ~ Corporate Coddling

~ CATHOSASOTAO-‘GYHOOMP’ ~ Citizenship And The Health Of Society Are Sacrificed On The Altar Of – “Get Your Hands Out Of My Pockets”

~ TH-ATCOA-SFS-TEUT-ETL-A-R-ITOC-WPLASASOA? ~ Tax Havens – Are The Centerpieces Of A – Shadow Financial System – That Enables Users To – Escape Tax Laws – And – Regulations – In Their Own Countries – What Possible Logic Allows Such A State Of Affairs?

~ WIHTODIOA-TATPOTITPOR ~ Wealthy Individuals Hold Trillions Of Dollars In Offshore Accounts – Thereby Avoiding The Payment Of Taxes In Their Places Of Residence

~ HOAIBLAALHOAGTOP-ICT-SJ-E-MC -T-APTL-TJ-A-CTH-TJ ~ Half Of All International Bank Lending And At Least Half Of All Global Trade On Paper – Is Conducted Through – Secrecy Jurisdictions – Enabling – Multinational Corporations – To – Allocate Profits To Low-Tax Jurisdictions – And – Costs To High-Tax Jurisdictions

~ MOTWLAMPCPLONTAA ~ Many Of The World’s Largest And Most Profitable Corporations Pay Little Or No Tax At All

~ TIANTD-PA-TT-PAITCT-‘S-S’-OC ~ There Is A Need To Draw – Public Attention – To The – People And Institutions That Comprise The – “Supply-Side” – Of – Corruption

~ TR-PFT-GAS-OWCD-PI-AT-TEC-AESTTW-SAHS-SS-A-ACACLSTSCCAPR ~ Tax Revenues – Pay For The – Goods And Services– On Which Corporations Depend – Public Infrastructure – Access To – The Environmental Commons – An Educational System That Trains Workers – Social And Health Services – Significant Subsidies – And – A Complex And Costly Legal System That Safeguards Corporate Contracts And Property Rights

~ T-INA-BS-T-IMLA-D-ARDOIMBSA-L-A-DFT-‘C’~ Tax – Is Not A – Business Cost – Tax – Is Much Like A – Dividend – A Return Due On Investments Made By Society At-Large – And – Derived From The – “Commons”

~ TAACPOTDSCBCSATS-YPLOASYRTTAAB-RTTWWHCOTPTIASEBE ~ Taxes Are A Crucial Part Of The Democratic Social Contract Between Citizens And The State – Yet Political Leaders Of All Stripes Typically Refer To Taxes As A Burden – Rather Than The Way We Have Collectively Organized To Provide The Infrastructure And Services Enjoyed By Everyone

~ T&A-IT-IFS-HBRB-PPAJTPFT-SQ-H-AIBWRT-SS-HIEDOLE-CG-AOIMPOTW-TRATTR ~ Transparency And Accountability – In The – International Financial System – Have Been Resisted By – Powerful Players And Jurisdictions That Profit From The – Status Quo – However – As It Becomes Widely Recognized That – Secrecy Spaces – Have Inflicted Enormous Damage On Local Economies – Citizens’ Groups – Are Organizing In Most Parts Of The World – To Resist And Transform This Reality

~ CTRHHNMIOBI ~ Corporate Tax Rates Have Had No Measurable Impact On Business Investment

~ TIBRT-TFSHG-‘TB’-FTEG ~ There Is Broad Recognition That – The Financial Sector Has Grown – “Too Big” – For The Economy’s Good

~ MTCIIRDHGBTFSATWRI ~ Major Tax Changes Introduced In Recent Decades Have Greatly Benefited The Financial Sector And Those Who Run It

~ TFI-IOOTLEWOCT-AMTACOEATTCBCEAATS ~ Taxing Financial Transactions Is One Of The Least Expensive Ways Of Collecting Taxes – As Most Transactions Are Carried Out Electronically And The Tax Can Be Collected Electronically And At The Source

~ OEALTS-‘EMBEMQ’-AARO-IL-STS-A-TPO-D ~ Our Economies Are Likely To Suffer – “Ever More Bubbles Ever More Quickly” – As A Result Of – Increased Leverage – Speculative Trading Strategies – And – The Proliferation Of – Derivatives

~ TITRTCBPIFMOSAGHBO ~ The Imperative To Reclaim The Commons By Protecting Its Financial Means Of Survival And Growth Has Become Obvious

~ A-ETWHSYCFTC-STRTTR-‘IC’-ACAHTH-R-B-S-A-H ~ Apparently – Even Those Who Have Spent Years Clamoring For Tax Cuts – Seem To Realize That To Remain – “Internationally Competitive” – A Country Actually Has To Have – Roads – Bridges – Schools – And – Hospitals

~ WTTIITT-HC-E-PR-CC-A-SO-SMSTI ~ When The Tax Increase Is Tied To – Health Care – Education – Poverty Reduction – Child Care – And – So On – Significant Majorities Support Tax Increases

~ Taxes – Produce Revenues For – Services – Infrastructure – And – Income Redistribution; They Can Also Encourage Certain Publicly Beneficial Behaviours While Discouraging Others – The Market – Left On Its Own – Tilts Towards – Antisocial Behaviour – As – Corporations Try To Externalize As Many Of Their Costs As Possible

MITCH JOEL ~ SIX PIXELS OF SEPARATION ~ 2009

~ MAYNIAH? ~ Maybe All You Need Is A Hug?

~ ITDAAYEROI ~ In This Day And Age You’re Either Remarkable Or Invisible

~ YAHAC-AYAPOI? ~ You Already Have A Community – Are You A Part Of It?

~ CWYRA ~ Communicate Who You Really Are

~ AVTTC ~ Add Value To The Conversation

~ WTDPCUTHNBMAFTOW? ~ What Tools Do People Commonly Use That Have Not Been Made Available For The Online World?

~ T-R-N-S ~ Think – Ripples – Not – Splashes

~ TBAITPYOT ~ The Best Advice Is To Put Yourself Out There

~ TBWTBAPBITGYKA ~ The Best Way To Build A Personal Brand Is To Give Your Knowledge Away

~ BCAE-B-RIWYGIW ~ Be Curious About Everything – But – Ruthless In What You Get Involved With

~ FAOYOSN ~ Finding And Owning Your Own Specific Niche

~ WIYN? ~ What Is Your Niche?

~ DOTG ~ Do One Thing Great

~ BOS ~ Blue Ocean Strategy

~ ABE ~ Always Be Experimenting

~ LPSYI ~ Let People Steal Your Ideas

~ CIE-EIC ~ Content Is Everything – Everything Is Content

~ SIASTMP ~ Simple Ideas Are Sometimes The Most Powerful

~ ANBMLWAAWBTAW ~ All New Business Models Look Weird And Act Weird Because They Are Weird

~ NA-‘F’-ACE ~ Not All – “Friends” – Are Created Equal

OZZIE ZEHNER ~ GREEN ILLUSIONS ~ 2012

~ ATAI ~ Addiction To An Ideal

~ BDWH ~ Buying… Debting… Working… Hoarding

~ CHCRW ~ Commercially Honed Celebrity Repli-Ware

~ CRC ~ Cosmopolitan Radical Chic

~ DHS ~ Deferred Happiness Syndrome

~ CS ~ Cornucopian Superstars

~ EATK ~ Eliminate Advertising To Kids

~ WWHIAAWTSD? ~ What Would Happen If All Advertising Were To Suddenly Disappear?

~ F-TBC-WR-ABP-A-WHO ~ Filling – The Bottomless Cornucopia – Will Require – A Bottomless Planet – And – We Haven’t One

~ EBE ~ Energy Boomerang Effect

~ FW(TWNKWN) ~ Fantastico-Widgets (That We Never Knew We Needed)

~ V-IA-L-CON-CA-TCR-C-RA-A-IDSPR ~ Volunteering – Is A – Low-Cost Or No-Cost Activity – That Can Replace – Consumption-Related Activities – And – It Delivers Superior Personal Rewards

~ RES ~ Real Energy Security

~ STFITC ~ Shift Taxes From Income To Consumption

~ SP ~ Smart Packaging

~ IEISAVCTOS-WISSFLOODAE? ~ If Energy Is Such A Vital Component To Our Society, Why Is Society So Frequently Left Out Of Debates About Energy?

~ IDTP-HR-C-WC-HMC-L-B-BR-R-FP-WS-A-C-IA-MM ~ It’s Difficult To Price – Human Rights – Cancer – Working Conditions – Heavy Metal Contamination – Leaks – Bribery – Biodiversity Risks – Radiation – Food Patronages – Water Security – And – Conflict – Into A – Market Mechanism

~ WDAG-WWE-B-WWI-TTSASAFR ~ We Don’t Always Get – What We Expect – But – What We Inspect – That’s The Short And Sweet Argument For Regulation

~NUTVOAS ~ Never Underestimate The Value Of A Sticker

~ CADOE ~ Create A Department Of Efficiency

~ UEU-IASO-SSC-EUWCDWWITC ~ Unsustainable Energy Use – Is A Symptom Of – Suboptimal Social Conditions – Energy Use Will Come Down When We Improve These Conditions

~ U-CE-ILE ~ Ultimately – Clean Energy Is Less Energy

~ STFT ~ Silver-Tongued Fairy Tales

~ TEP ~ The Energy Pornographers

~ AET-D-CTA/W-PW-SHR-IN-SD-RT-LACD-RC-T-PP ~ Alternative-Energy Technologies – Don’t – Clean The Air/Water – Protect Wildlife – Support Human Rights – Improve Neighborhoods – Strengthen Democracy – Regulate Themselves – Lower Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide – Reduce Consumption – They – Produce Power