In this month’s episode we speak to Gabriel Zucman about his new book with co-author Emmanuel Saez – The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay.
Plus, as Extinction Rebellion holds protests around the world over the climate emergency, we point the finger at the surprisingly small number of companies which determine whether investment will go into a better future, or onto a continued path of destruction. How can tax justice and a different vision of growth lead us back from the brink?
So many people have become convinced that with globalisation and modern technology it has become very hard or impossible to tax the rich, to tax big multinational companies. And what we want to say is that this is wrong. The choice is ours when it comes to the future of tax justice, if there is a political will, there is a bright future for tax justice.
~ Gabriel Zucman
Revenue, to fund public services, infrastructure and administration.
Redistribution, to curb inequalities between individuals and between groups.
Repricing, to limit public “bads” such as tobacco consumption and carbon emissions.
Representation, to build healthier democratic processes, recognising that higher reliance of government. spending on tax revenues is strongly linked to higher quality of governance and political representation.
Reparation, to redress the historical legacies of empire and ecological damage.