This blog is about the urgent need for an organised civil society response to the overlapping concerns raised in my headline, particularly monopolies. (There is scattered pushback on finance, but not enough.) Though there’s been a bit of a recent flurry of interest in monopolies, it’s mostly been in the …Read more
This is generally supposed to be a blog about tax havens, and this post isn’t anything to do with tax havens. But this is my blog and I can post what I want: if you read it you’ll see why. Chris died of a heart attack in Dakar just over a month ago.
Who was Chris Simpson?
For an all …Read more
There is now a new version of Treasure Islands available. Essentially, it’s got a new introduction, and a new chapter. Here is an excerpt.
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“The Brexit vote was, in the end, about globalisation. The hottest issue was immigration, which is, as Professor John van Reenen of the London School of Economics points out, ‘globalisation made flesh’. But behind the vote
‘Tax justice, not tax havens’: 10am-1pm, Friday September 23, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.
This event will bring together tax justice activists, academics, aid organisations and trade unionists from across Ireland to discuss tax justice in Ireland and internationally.
The Tax Justice Network’s Nicholas Shaxson, author of ‘Treasure Islands: Tax havens and the men who stole the world’, and …Read more
Adapted from the Tax Justice Network blog:
In March The Economist magazine rang alarm bells (again) about a rise in concentrated market power: a problem where the biggest firms get ever bigger and more like monopolies, making it easy to extract wealth from the rest of us (as opposed to creating wealth.) This, in turn fosters steeper inequality and poverty and reduces economic growth. As they put …Read more
It’s been fascinating. I had two interviews with him: each time, he politely ended the interview when I asked him what, precisely, he would do to tackle tax havens.Read more
That’s the conclusion of a new report by the non-governmental body Corporate Observatory Europe, entitled How Cameron’s
referendum delivered victories to Big Finance. The introduction summarises:
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“From the day a ballot on UK membership was first announced by David Cameron three years ago, the financial sector has sought and won significant lobbying victories thanks to a complicit UK government
This contains a cross-post from a blog I wrote for the Tax Justice Network recently, with the same headline. It complements another article I wrote for the UK’s Prospect Magazine, entitled Don’t Call Them Tax Havens. An introductory paragraph says:
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“A few have called this the “Panama tax avoidance scandal,” but this reveals a profound misunderstanding of tax havens.
- Tax havens protect vulnerable people against despotic governments, unjust laws and political turmoil.
- Tax havens are good for high-tax nations.
- Besides Switzerland, most tax havens are small tropical islands.
- Being a tax haven makes a
Cross-posted from the Tax Justice Network: highlighting a new book, containing a chapter of mine entitled Tax Competitiveness: a Dangerous Obsession.
This new book from Oxford University Press, edited by Thomas Pogge and Krishen Mehta, publishes fifteen chapters by leading tax justice scholars on different topics ranging from country-by-country reporting to unitary taxation, from automatic information exchange to …Read more