The Tax and Spend Future

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"The Tax and Spend Future"

Stockmann department store in Helsinki, Finland (my photo, available under cc license)

Stockmann department store in Helsinki, Finland (my photo, available under cc license)

I largely agree with the substance of Gregory Clark’s case for higher taxes on the right. One thing I would say, though, is that curbing growing inequality through more taxes and more spending isn’t just a matter of giving poor people more cash payments. If you walk around the streets of any major American city you’ll swiftly see that they’re a lot dirtier than the streets of, say, Helsinki. But they’re not as dirty as they might be—people clean them.

People clean them, not robots. Rich people hire low-skilled workers to clean their privately owned spaces to a very high standard. We could, in addition, increases taxes on the wealthy and hire more low-skilled workers to clean our streets to a higher standard. That would mean cleaner streets for everyone, which would benefit everyone, but especially those without the means to afford lavish private spaces. And it would also be jobs and meaningful employment.

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