What ludicrous stupidity is this?

If implemented, these companies – and, thus, their owners – would be forced to pay a fair price for their access to our markets.

We get more of what we want from suppliers therefore we must make them pay more for supplying what we desire from them?

10 comments on “What ludicrous stupidity is this?

  1. Let’s get this straight. French university-based left-wing ‘economists’ say civilization cannot afford free-riders.

    Just one question. Can I see their tax returns?

  2. The Mafia thinks like this.

    Anyway, all who disagree with the Guardian are “frauds, fools and fanatics” while these authors are “cogent, reasoned and practical”.

  3. “Written by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, who, like Piketty, are French but who work at the University of California, it analyses how the super-rich dodge taxes”

    Odd that they don’t live in France any more, where Tax Freedom day falls in on the 19th July and instead have moved to California where they stop working for the government on April the 18th. Thats 3 months of taxes they’re avoiding. Wreckers! Degenerates! Bourgeois scum!

  4. Isn’t this the supermarket / WH Smith model? Suppliers pay to sit on valuable shelf space (access to customers).

  5. Rhoda Klapp

    I agree – this seems to be advocating mass extermination:

    Taxes are the price we pay for civilisation and civilisation cannot afford free-riders

    Death to pensioners and children? Even by the misanthropic standards of the Guardian that’s savage – maybe they’re annoyed at Brexit?

  6. Taxes are the price we pay for civilisation and civilisation cannot afford free-riders

    Ominous for the unemployed. Still, there’ll be ditches to dig, no doubt.

  7. “…civilisation cannot afford free-riders”

    Somehow it is unsurprising that the Nazis used the same reasoning to justify Aktion T4.

  8. Rob

    Well of course Murphy and his ilk are always fans of ‘shovel ready’ projects and the Green New Deal is of course reflective of that strain of thinking. Indeed it may be that they could echo the ironic guidance of the great Milton Friedman by taking it literally:

    At one of our dinners, Milton recalled traveling to an Asian country in the 1960s and visiting a worksite where a new canal was being built. He was shocked to see that, instead of modern tractors and earth movers, the workers had shovels. He asked why there were so few machines. The government bureaucrat explained: “You don’t understand. This is a jobs program.” To which Milton replied: “Oh, I thought you were trying to build a canal. If it’s jobs you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.”

  9. @Jim

    Further, I’d guess an academic post in California pays at least double its French equivalent.

  10. If implemented, these companies – and, thus, their owners – would be forced to pay a fair price for their access to our markets.

    Emmanuel “Spud” Saez and Gabriel “Itchy” Zucman have invented import tariffs – oh wait…

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    @Chris

    Also no pesky Gilets Jaunes and fewer uncivilised marauding RoPs

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