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We don’t want billionaires’ charity. We want them to pay their taxes

Rather than philanthropy, the super-wealthy should give their money to governments that know better how to spend it

  • Owen Jones
  • The Guardian

”Charity is a cold, grey loveless thing. If a rich man wants to help the poor, he should pay his taxes gladly, not dole out money at a whim.”

Crom 1aIt is a phrase commonly ascribed to Clement Attlee – the credit actually belongs to his biographer, Francis Beckett – but it elegantly sums up the case for progressive taxation.

According to a report by the Swiss bank UBS, last year billionaires made more money than any other point in the history of human civilisation.

Their wealth jumped by a fifth – a…

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