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US reality: a perverse twist of Ayn Rand's fantasy

#1  Postby Mike_L » May 20, 2013 7:07 pm

Ayn Rand USA: In 20 Years Corporate Profits Are Up 4X and Their Taxes Have Fallen by 50% -- Meanwhile the Workers' Payroll Tax Has Doubled
Corporations have decided to let middle-class workers pay for national investments that have largely benefited businesses over the years.

By Paul Buchheit

Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" fantasizes a world in which anti-government citizens reject taxes and regulations, and "stop the motor" by withdrawing themselves from the system of production. In a perverse twist on the writer's theme the prediction is coming true. But instead of productive people rejecting taxes, rejected taxes are shutting down productive people.

Ayn Rand's philosophy suggests that average working people are 'takers.' In reality, those in the best position to make money take all they can get, with no scruples about their working class victims, because taking, in the minds of the rich, serves as a model for success. The strategy involves tax avoidance, in numerous forms.

Prisons and casinos have stooped to the level of calling themselves "real estate investment trusts" (REITs) to gain tax exemptions. Stooping lower yet, Disney and others have added cows and sheep to their greenspace to get a farmland exemption.

Full article at:
http://www.alternet.org/economy/ayn-rand-usa-20-years-corporate-profits-are-4x-and-their-taxes-have-fallen-50-meanwhile
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Re: US reality: a perverse twist of Ayn Rand's fantasy

#2  Postby FACT-MAN-2 » Jun 10, 2013 3:57 am

Mike_L wrote:
Ayn Rand USA: In 20 Years Corporate Profits Are Up 4X and Their Taxes Have Fallen by 50% -- Meanwhile the Workers' Payroll Tax Has Doubled
Corporations have decided to let middle-class workers pay for national investments that have largely benefited businesses over the years.

By Paul Buchheit

Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" fantasizes a world in which anti-government citizens reject taxes and regulations, and "stop the motor" by withdrawing themselves from the system of production. In a perverse twist on the writer's theme the prediction is coming true. But instead of productive people rejecting taxes, rejected taxes are shutting down productive people.

Ayn Rand's philosophy suggests that average working people are 'takers.' In reality, those in the best position to make money take all they can get, with no scruples about their working class victims, because taking, in the minds of the rich, serves as a model for success. The strategy involves tax avoidance, in numerous forms.

Prisons and casinos have stooped to the level of calling themselves "real estate investment trusts" (REITs) to gain tax exemptions. Stooping lower yet, Disney and others have added cows and sheep to their greenspace to get a farmland exemption.

Full article at:
http://www.alternet.org/economy/ayn-rand-usa-20-years-corporate-profits-are-4x-and-their-taxes-have-fallen-50-meanwhile

I'd say the Randian philosophy has only been half implemented in the US to date, but they're working on it and making progress. Just look at the charts that show income inequality in America today; look at the 40 million Americans on Food Stamps, the 4 million long-term unemployed, the several hundred thousand homeless. There's lot of indices that show just how far things have moved toward the Randian paradise. Just four people in America, the heirs to the Walton fortune, hold more wealth than 65 million of their fellow Americans combined. Talk about Plutocracy, and a fascist leaning one that that.

Me, I saw this handwriting on the wall 42 years ago and left America, and never went back. I do visit the country on occasion but it's always nice to go home to another country at the end of my stay.

However, I do think climate change is going to interupt the Randian show and put a stop to it before all is said and done. The US can't survive into the future running an economic schema the heyday of which was in 1910. We have to hope it's smart enough to learn this before it's too late.
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Re: US reality: a perverse twist of Ayn Rand's fantasy

#3  Postby Macdoc » Jun 10, 2013 5:04 am

The usual crap from the ill - informed about Rand.

Ayn was about the individual - not corporate malfeasance. She's just a convenient kicking post.
That the RR by way of the Repuglies has embraced her is too precious.
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Fascist Amerika is a far cry from anything she was on about

Rand would however be pleased with Steve Jobs and his successor's willingness to withhold taxes overseas until reforms are brought in

It's notable the low tax, freedom to work states are in the lowest sector off the earners as well.....in fact....the bottom.
SHe didn't like predators nor do I and the US is chock a block with them

She'd more likely celebrate the willingness of seniors on a limited income to commit civil disobedience and cross the border to Canada to get they drugs cheaper.

She had no love for a fascist gov or their predators corporate cronies ( DIsney is right up there BTW you should see the background on that land grant in Florida) and the US is a long way down that road and getting worse in some ways under Obama.
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