The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada by Richard SwiftThe Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada by Richard Swift

The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada

EditorRichard SwiftAs told byCanadians for Tax Fairness

Paperback | March 22, 2013

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Any attempt to restore responsible environmental policies, revive and expand our social programs, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and boost our flagging economy will be inadequate unless we also address the need to increase governments? fiscal capacity. The tax system can also play a key role in closing the gap between rich and poor??a gap that is undermining the health of our economy and threatening damage to our democracy.

Until recently, many progressive groups, including progressive political parties, have shied away from advocating for tax fairness and tax reform, fearing that the issue is political dynamite. Right wingers have encountered little opposition to their calls for deep tax cuts, especially for the rich and for corporations.

But the tide is turning. Public opinion polls tell us that faced with growing inequality and cutbacks to government programs, Canadians now strongly support tax fairness, including higher taxes on the rich and on corporations. The Great Revenue Robbery is a collective effort to stimulate much-needed discussion about how tax policy can help rebuild our social programs, reduce the gap between rich and poor, restore environmental responsibility, and revitalize our country'?s democracy.

Richard Swift is a Montreal-based writer and activist and was a long time editor with New Internationalist magazine. He is the author of The No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy. Canadians for Tax Fairness promotes a progressive tax system, based on ability to pay, to fund the public services and programs required to meet our social, e...
Title:The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save CanadaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:176 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.39 inShipping dimensions:8 × 6 × 0.39 inPublished:March 22, 2013Publisher:Between the LinesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771131039

ISBN - 13:9781771131032


Table of Contents

  • Prologue
  • Introduction: Tax Fairness Key to Rebuilding Canada
  • Chapter 1: Passing On the Torch
  • Chapter 2: Pushing the Envelope: The Overton Window and the Left
  • Chapter 3: The Power of Conventional Thinking: Canada's Media Join the Anti-Tax Movement
  • Chapter 4: The Trouble with Tax Havens: Whose Shelter? Whose Storm?
  • Chapter 5: The Failure of Corporate Tax Cuts to Stimulate Business Investment Spending
  • Chapter 6: Financial Transaction Taxes: The Battle for a Small but Important Tax
  • Chapter 7: Taxes and Ecological Justice?
  • Chapter 8: Tax Justice and the Civil Economy
  • Conclusion: The Way Out of This Mess
  • Notes
  • Contributors

Editorial Reviews

"?The Great Revenue Robbery is a rallying cry for a just society. Special-interest lobbying has hollowed out the tax system. Corporations and wealthy elites have shifted their wealth and income to tax havens, and the mainstream media have polluted democratic politics with a trenchantly anti-tax agenda. This book explores this attack on tax and identifies potential progressive counterattacks, for example through financial transaction taxes, environmental taxes, and tackling tax havens. As the climate and economic crises deepen, the case for progressive taxes becomes more compelling by the day. Aux armes citoyens!?"