21 February 2011
Adrian Ivakhiv has a nice post up about building a progressive Tea Party. The key would be highlighting corporate tax evasion, and building a movement around making them pay their share based on the notion of fiscal responsibility that the Tea Party has been promoting. After reading it, Megan pointed out USUncut.org - a US version of the UK Uncut movement that protested Vodafone for tax evasion.
The only flaw here that I can see is that Americans have been indoctrinated to believe that taxes are bad, and that corporations do their share through a kind of trickle-down effect - providing jobs, funding innovation, etc. I'm not sure that British people or Europeans in general have bought this same ideology. Adrian points out that 61% of Americans support taxing the wealthy to reduce the deficit, but does that really translate into a movement to stop corporate tax evasion? I don't know, but I'm going to support them anyway, and you should too! Let's hope it catches on.
PS - They're planning a nation-wide event this coming Saturday. See the website for details.
Posted by Jeremy Trombley at 12:18 PM