We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The crime scene that is the City of London – haven of havens
Your interest in tax havens may have been piqued by the many articles featuring reports about the Panama Papers. The absence of Americans in these disclosures and the obvious political use of this event (see this, this, and this) by US ruling class media against their opponents apparently caused NBC to attempt some sort of "explanation". Anyway this focus on Panama distracts people from probably the world's number one tax haven: the City of London. This article tells us about the history of this tax free zone used by capitalists to avoid paying their taxes.
Secrecy and deception allows capitalists all over the world to bypass any democratic laws requiring them to pay taxes. Did you really think that the capitalist pseudo form of democracy and its laws would ever be permitted to pose problems for their interests of power and wealth?