Tag Archives: Tax

One law for the rich

depardieuI’m a huge fan of the French actor Gerard Depardieu. Jean de Florette is one of my all-time favourite films. But the recent wealth tax introduced in France has led Depardieu to leave the country and hand back his French passport.

If I had to pay 75% of my income in tax for the privilege of living in France, I’d probably think twice too. Continue reading

Rand vs Gandhi

gandhiThis post is a response to fellow blogger Daedalus Lex. He asks the question, “How does one live a good life?” and provides two mutually exclusive answers. Continue reading

Politics and fairness

OK, raise your hand if you believe in fairness. Ha! I tricked you. I haven’t yet defined what fairness means. Continue reading

Politics and caring

This article is part of a series looking at the Moral Foundations Theory of Haidt & Graham  and how our core moral beliefs relate to our political choices.

Today I’m considering the first moral foundation – that of Care. It’s probably what most people think morality means, but in Haidt’s system it’s just one of several factors. Continue reading

Better than democracy? (Part 2 of 2)

One of the questions I keep returning to on this blog is whether there’s a better alternative to democracy.

Churchill famously said that democracy is the worst form of government apart from all the others that have been tried. But as I explained in Part 1, those others are all part of the same general class of political systems in which one group gets to impose its views on another group, explicitly against the will of those people. Continue reading

Against the law

It’s often said that ignorance of the law is no defence. But this surely works only if laws are obvious and known to all. If you don’t know the laws, how can you be sure you haven’t broken any?

Since 1497 there have been 1.5 million Acts of Parliament in the UK. The last UK government passed a record number of new laws – a total of 3,506 in 2010. That’s more than 10 new laws every working day. Are you still certain you haven’t broken any? Do you even know what any of these new laws are? Continue reading

6 lessons from the French Revolution

guillotineI’ve been reading about La Revolution Francaise recently and it seems that there are some really  useful lessons we can learn from what happened. Continue reading