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Rutger Bregman and the utopia for realists?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Hygro, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. Hygro

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    Anyone know this guy? Read his works? Have an opinion on him as a scholar?
     
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    I think Tucker Carlson cussed him out on Fox News.
     
  3. Hygro

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    Nice I’m liking this kid already :)
     
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    He's simultaneously supporting universal income as well as higher taxes for the rich which is an unusual combination. UBI is more of a libertarian position for wiping out poverty, whereas higher taxes for the rich is mainly a position you see on the left--it is basically a maximum income in disguise in order to reduce income inequality, (which is mainly to improve social cohesion from a psychological standpoint and isn't really an economic argument, since higher taxes w/ higher spending is naturally inflationary).

    I would say long term if you can pass UBI, it will be here to stay (since universal programs are almost impossible to repeal politically), whereas tax rates will go up and down cyclically (after a period of high tax rates the rich will invariably find/fund politicians that will lower it for them).

    Bregman is a ballsy guy for calling out the rich though, no doubt about it.
     
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