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You may have heard of Thomas Piketty's fantastic book, Capital in the 21st Century, in which he explains how society is becoming more and more unequal.

How can the government act to stop this? Should the rich pay more to reduce the gap? Should we have a tax on capital, e.g. 1% tax on anything over £1 million?

Let me know your ideas for making the world fairer!
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Margaret Thatcher comprehensively answered this question 24 years ago
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Margaret Thatcher comprehensively answered this question 24 years ago
And she was wrong even then. She clearly confused Marxist Socialism or Communism with proper Socialism, and like the Tories do today, accuse Labour of being the same thing. By mentioning eastern Europe in regards to socialism and not what she should have said in regards to Communism, shows how ignorant and misinformed she was on the matter.
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(Original post by PresidentObama)
You may have heard of Thomas Piketty's fantastic book, Capital in the 21st Century, in which he explains how society is becoming more and more unequal.

How can the government act to stop this? Should the rich pay more to reduce the gap? Should we have a tax on capital, e.g. 1% tax on anything over £1 million?

Let me know your ideas for making the world fairer!
Relative inequality can never be stopped by virtue of the fact that capital breeds wealth, hence it's easier to retain wealth by sitting on capital accumulation from land than it is to be the one in a million who creates the next Google starting from nothing.

Absolute inequality is what we as capitalists should be aiming to arrest somewhat by endorsing measures which aid in the creation of equal opportunity and maintaining a small welfare state to ensure that the poorest in society can still eat and that their children have the quality of education and opportunities which allow them to escape poverty.

Personally (and i say this as somebody far poorer than half the lefties on here), i have no objection to incredible wealth and no desire to punish the rich with excessive taxation just so that we can be on paper all a little more equal (a banker not getting a bonus will not make my family any wealthier) (the Thatcher video is an extreme but relevant example). With that being said, i do believe that the poor should be freed from the burden of taxation and so i would support taxation of land for example to disproportionately take from the rich to fund infrastructure like energy and transport and housing (where i don't want the money being spent is on health and welfare which already have significant scope for further cuts).
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Margaret Thatcher comprehensively answered this question 24 years ago
She dead.
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Properly defined, yes.
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Relative inequality can never be stopped by virtue of the fact that capital breeds wealth, hence it's easier to retain wealth by sitting on capital accumulation from land than it is to be the one in a million who creates the next Google starting from nothing.

Absolute inequality is what we as capitalists should be aiming to arrest somewhat by endorsing measures which aid in the creation of equal opportunity and maintaining a small welfare state to ensure that the poorest in society can still eat and that their children have the quality of education and opportunities which allow them to escape poverty.

Personally (and i say this as somebody far poorer than half the lefties on here), i have no objection to incredible wealth and no desire to punish the rich with excessive taxation just so that we can be on paper all a little more equal (a banker not getting a bonus will not make my family any wealthier) (the Thatcher video is an extreme but relevant example). With that being said, i do believe that the poor should be freed from the burden of taxation and so i would support taxation of land for example to disproportionately take from the rich to fund infrastructure like energy and transport and housing (where i don't want the money being spent is on health and welfare which already have significant scope for further cuts).
Sensible, as per I find myself agreeing wholeheartedly.
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