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Why a Robin Hood Tax?

Posted 4 years ago on Sept. 11, 2013, 5:21 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt (1) from Plainfield, NJ

We live in a time of moral struggle. You might feel that struggle in different ways. You might feel it in the pit of your stomach when you realize you can’t make rent this month. You might feel it when a cop puts his hands on you for the first time of the hundredth time. The crisis is so pervasive that it seems to fade into the background of a busy day. On Sept. 17th we must paint that moral crisis black and push it into the forefront of our consciousness and all those around us.

Inequality is a pillar of moral crisis. But more than ever it’s a question of which side are you on? A tiny minority of the super rich see inequality as a moral necessity in a productive society. Its important to realize this, inequality is not something that everyone wants to fix, inequality is the gas in the engine of what we now call neoliberalism. It’s so important to understand that neoliberalism is not an ideology, but to the super rich it is morality.

For the rest of us we yearn for different types of equality. For even the most socially conservative among us the idea that we all should be given a fair chance is understood as common sense. Some of us want opportunities like education or health care and the most radical among us want other types of equality, some call it socialism, others anarchism, but it is not a question of ideology, it is a question of morality.

I think it is important to speak about morality, because I think it is the force that is destroying America and at the same time must unite it. We must unite to take our power back. On September 17th we continue that fight. On S17 we aim to take back a very particular type of power from Wall Street. It’s called the Robin Hood Tax and it is a tiny financial transaction tax that raises $350 Billion dollars a year. Its $350 billion to make a more equal world. It’s a powerful tactic proved successful throughout the world, and it’s a tactic we must embrace, it is a path out of moral crisis.

Check out http://Robinhoodtax.org and the event page




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