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Series | The Facts on Tax Reform, Part 2

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Alexandra Thornton and Seth Hanlon, Center for American Progress 

August 24, 2017 | In the upcoming tax debate, lobbyists and special-interest groups are pushing for tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations, often using misleading claims. This new series sets the record straight and is intended to serve as a resource to the media, policymakers, and members of the public.

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Tax Reform Must Be at Least Revenue-Neutral and Avoid Gimmicks
In light of the Trump administration's and congressional Republicans' proposed massive tax cuts, this fact sheet explains how Congress should avoid various gimmicks to hide the true cost of tax cuts.
Seth Hanlon
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A Windfall for Wealthy Heirs
This fact sheet explains why repealing the tax on estates worth more than $5.5 million would only benefit the wealthiest 0.2 percent of Americans and leave crucial domestic programs unfunded.
Seth Hanlon and Alexandra Thornton
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A Territorial Corporate Tax Would Reward Corporate Tax Avoidance and Could Encourage Offshoring
The Trump administration and its allies in Congress are seeking to eliminate U.S. taxes on overseas corporate earnings by moving to a so-called territorial tax system—but doing so could lead to more offshoring of profits and jobs.
Alexandra Thornton and Seth Hanlon
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Paul Street | The Road to Charlottesville: Reflections on 21st Century U.S. Capitalist Racism

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  • Can reparations, and the demand for a shift to an ecologically sustainable economy and society be introduced under the existing U.S. regime of class rule called capitalism? It must therefore be considered a revolutionary demand and be combined with multi-racial working-class struggle to remove the “One Percent” not just from its wealth but also and above all from its command of the structuring and purpose of “our” (their) political economy. It must be interwoven with the struggle for the broad redistribution of wealth and power and for peoples’ socialism. This is very different from the reactionary, “divisive,” and zero-sum way in which reparations is advanced by its bourgeois champions both white and Black.
  • Related: To Defeat Racism, We All Need to Dismantle Racial Capitalism

Paul Street, Counterpunch | Dandelion Salad  

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September 6, 2017 | The United States, where median Black household wealth is less than 7 cents on the white household dollar and where the mild slogan “Black lives matter” is considered controversial, is still very much a racist nation. Grasping the nature of this national racism in 21stcentury means looking at the different levels on which race operates here. One level is at the nation’s discursive and symbolic surface. It is about language, imagery, signs, the color of elite personnel, representation, and, well, symbols.

A different and deeper level is institutional and structural. It’s about how labor markets, the financial sector, the real estate industry, the educational system, the criminal justice complex, the military state, the corporate system, the dominant media, and capitalism more broadly all work to deepen, maintain, and/or reduce racial oppression and inequality.

Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of seven books and writes regularly for Truthdig, Telesur English, Counterpunch, Black Agenda Report, and Z Magazine.

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  • Poor and working people can build power by banding together across racial boundaries and fighting for radical issue and electoral campaigns. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
  • White people must stand alongside us on the front lines.
  • Challenging the “White Ally” Model

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How The Elites Are Divorcing From Reality: The Economist’s “What If”, by Gefira

Liberal intellectuals are too busy living in a parallel world to notice their miscalculations. Are they then worth listening to?

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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The Western globalist elites have not digested Trump’s victory or Brexit yet. They are having a hard time dealing with their ideological failures, and when the reality dares not to comply with their day dreaming, they go online and create a parallel world, where their “expert” predictions always turn right and their failures cannot be questioned. The Economist‘s portal named “what if”, a neo-liberal, wishful thinking echo chamber, is the point in case.

Robert Gore: His articles on straightlinelogic.com have been reprinted in The Sangre de Cristo Sentinel, a Colorado newspaper. He is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine.

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Series | The Facts on Tax Reform, Part 1

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Alexandra Thornton and Seth Hanlon, Center for American Progress 

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August 24, 2017 | In the upcoming tax debate, lobbyists and special-interest groups are pushing for tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations, often using misleading claims. This new series sets the record straight and is intended to serve as a resource to the media, policymakers, and members of the public.

Read these user-friendly columns on the major issues surrounding the tax system:

  • The ‘Trump Loophole’ Would Benefit Millionaires, Not Small Businesses

President Trump's and House Republicans' proposed "small-business" tax cut would create a new loophole for millionaires—including Wall Street financiers, lobbyists, lawyers, and wealthy business owners like Trump—while doing little or nothing for real small businesses.
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  • Giving Away Corporate Tax Cuts Is Not How to Make the United States More Competitive

American competitiveness would be better served by ensuring that U.S. corporations pay their fair share of taxes and investing those revenues in education, infrastructure, and other public investments that make America a desirable place to do business.
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  • Trickle-Down Tax Cuts Don’t Create Jobs

Rather than boosting the economy, tax cuts for the rich widen inequality, harm the middle class, and harm the economy in the long run.
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To Defeat Racism, We All Need to Dismantle Racial Capitalism

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  • Poor and working people can build power by banding together across racial boundaries and fighting for radical issue and electoral campaigns. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
  • White people must stand alongside us on the front lines.
  • Challenging the “White Ally” Model

Rafael Diaz, In These Times

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 August 25, 2017 | This month’s white supremacist rally and deadly attack in Charlottesville again reminded millions of white Americans that racism did not, in fact, end with the 2008 election of Barack Obama. In the wake of the recent events in Virginia, there has been lively debate over white people’s proper role in joining in the fight against white supremacy. This is understandable. After all, people of color have reason to question whether those who took so long to acknowledge the existence of racism can be trusted to fight against it.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Moyers%20%7C%20Talking%20About%20Race_1.jpgBut white supremacy is a system that does more than just oppress people of color. It serves to divide us and keep poor and working people from building the power necessary to create a more equitable world. We should be wary of calls for white folks to step to the side because they’re not victims of racial prejudice. This approach isn’t just wrong-headed—it lets white people off the hook. They need to fight on the front lines for racial justice alongside the rest of us.

Rafael Diaz is a lifelong Pennsylvanian and organizes in Lancaster and York counties for Keystone Progress, Student Action, and Lancaster Stands Up.

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Special Report | How Privatization Could Spell the End of Democracy

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Between Trump and tech, never before have so many powerful people been so intent on transforming government into a business.

 

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June 27, 2017 | It’s a hot day in New York City. You’re thirsty, but your water bottle is empty. So you walk into a store and place your bottle in a machine. You activate the machine with an app on your phone, and it fills your bottle with tap water. Now you are no longer thirsty.

 

This is the future envisioned by the founders of a startup called Reefill. If the premise sounds oddly familiar, that’s because it is: Reefill has reinvented the water fountain as a Bluetooth-enabled subscription service. Customers pay $1.99 a month for the privilege of using its machines, located at participating businesses around Manhattan.

 

Ben Tarnoff writes about technology and politics.

 

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Special Report | Yanis Varoufakis: Why the Universal Basic Income is a Necessity

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  • Yanis Varoufakis, argues why the Basic Income is a necessity today. His arguments take into account a macro socio-economic, psychological, philosophical and moral perspective. In addition after the speech Varoufakis addresses a wide range of questions from the public.
  • Related: Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right

Zain Raza, acTVism

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30 April 2017 | In this video former finance minister of Greece, professor of economics, author and founder of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25), Yanis Varoufakis, argues why the Basic Income is a necessity today. His arguments take into account a macro socio-economic, psychological, philosophical and moral perspective. In addition after the speech Varoufakis addresses a wide range of questions from the public.

  • What is the social democratic tradition about? And how did influence Capitalism in the 20th century?
  • Why is Social Democracy coming to an end? And how is the process of financialization & the rise of technology contributing to its demise?
  • What is Bankruptocracy? What problems is it posing to our society?
  • What is the current narrative on the relationship between the markets & state in terms of wealth generation? And how and why is a change required in this narrative in order to make the Basic Income a reality?
  • What are the arguments are against a Basic Income? And how should they be confronted?
  • How is a Basic Income aligned with the Libertarian philosophy? Will it promote freedom of choice and self-determination?
  • How will a Basic Income promote creativity in our society?

All of these questions and many more are addressed in this video.

Zain Raza is a contributor to acTVism Munich, an independent, grassroots and nonprofit media outlet that broadcasts in multiple languages regularly from Munich.

Yanis Varoufakis: former finance minister of Greece, professor of economics, author and founder of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25).

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To read this speech, click here: Transcript: Varoufakis – Basic Income is a Necessity

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Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right, Guy Standing, Huffington Post 

Without basic economic security, people often behave selfishly and vote irresponsibly.

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