The Philosophy of Tax

My friend Martin O’Neill had a fine piece in the Guardian a few days ago, responding to the madness of the British Conservative-Liberal Coalition’s emergency budget. He takes aim at one of the central idiocies of right-wing libertarian thinking – the idea that taxation is theft – and argues the case, precisely, for why we live in a market-society. Read more below, and read the previous post for why the economy itself depends on women’s labour.
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Pt Reyes, CA

Date: Saturday, July 10, 2010 – 7:00pm
Location: Toby’s Feed Barn, Pt Reyes Books
Tickets: Free Event
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing,” Raj Patel, writer, activist and academic, shows how our faith in prices as a way of valuing the world is misplaced. He reveals the hidden ecological and social costs of a hamburger, and asks how we came to have markets in the first place.

South Africa Solidarity at the World Social Forum

It’s very exciting to see two very different social movements, of South African Shackdwellers and of Southern Florida tomato pickers, supporting one another in this short video from the US Social Forum.  A short note from the film-makers explains it all, below the fold.

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