alexandria ocasio-cortez: political actress

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Not owning 100% of your labor makes it slavery.

Psst. You know who believes you should 100% own your labor? Socialists. That's sort of what seizing the means of production is.

Social Democrats like AOC aren't socialists. Granted, it's a step above our current economic system and might make people realize there's more options... But they aren't socialist. Maybe a step towards it, though.
 





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Socialists have no income tax?
Income tax is the most just form of taxation (if capital gains are included of course) because those who extract the most out of the earth and humanity get shittons of income, which should be taxed and given back to the earth (environmental protection) and the humans who have been commodified for their labor.

Property taxes are regressive because they force the monetization of all property and land and they hurt the little guy more than big business.

And sales taxes are regressive because they inhibit peoples' ability to purchase things that they need and/or would increase their wealth (cars for example) and because they put more of the burden of taxation upon poor and Middle class people. Rich people do not and can not spend all their money, so therefore proportionally contribute less to the budget and economy.

Corporate taxes are a mixed bag. Large corporations should be taxed (much more than they are now), so as to inhibit their ability to monopolize markets, but small corporations should not be taxed, so they can be more competitive and reduce market monopolization.

I do not believe in public ownership of the means of production in most industries. I do however, believe that we need to redistribute some of our wealth to the people who have been commodified and extracted for their labor, and I do believe that we need more socialism than we have now.

We must go back to a more just, balanced form of capitalism. When you go back to 1776, Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations, was writing against mercantilism, which is a state monopoly in the interests of the wealthy. What we have now is a corporate monopoly in the interests of the wealthy, he was essentially writing against monopolization which is what we have now. Capitalism is supposed to be about competition, and we do not, through regressive forms of taxation and the failure of antitrust legislation, have that now.

I call myself a democratic socialist because I want more socialism, but not total state control of the economy. Most democratic socialists really want a more balanced, just form of capitalism where the emphasis is not on how well the very wealthiest individuals are doing, but how well the least among us are doing.

Both economics and government are about power. I think that too much power has been amassed by too few people, in all areas of society, so we must ameliorate that by giving more power, politically, economically, and socially to working people. The fundamental principle of nature is balance, e.g. homeostasis, and we haven't got enough of it.

This is officially a rant....
 





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There was no income tax prior to 1913. It was only implemented - originally - to fund wars. I’d argue that’s really all it does now. The government used to be funded mainly by import tariffs which protected American trade. All this changed when the economy became more global and to benefit industry, not the people.

FICA taxes are more of an insurance setup which I personally view differently.

Corporations should be taxed heavily on profit. It would encourage them to pay their workers more (hopefully)
 





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Income tax is the most just form of taxation
And sales taxes are regressive
I disagree. I think a sales tax is far more fair as it gives the individual control over the amount they pay in taxes.
Corporate taxes are a mixed bag. Large corporations should be taxed (much more than they are now), so as to inhibit their ability to monopolize markets, but small corporations should not be taxed,
Again, I disagree. Corporations are not natural persons, therefore, subject to taxation.
Property taxes are regressive because they force the monetization of all property and land and they hurt the little guy more than big business.
Yeah, property tax is a reminder that you don't own shit.
 





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I disagree. I think a sales tax is far more fair as it gives the individual control over the amount they pay in taxes.

Again, I disagree. Corporations are not natural persons, therefore, subject to taxation.

Yeah, property tax is a reminder that you don't own shit.
There is no way that a sales tax is fair. The poor and working classes are hit the hardest by taxes on daily essentials that are meaningless to the rich.
 





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There is no way that a sales tax is fair. The poor and working classes are hit the hardest by taxes on daily essentials that are meaningless to the rich.
I could edit to add that food and medicine/first aid should not be taxed. However, I stand by my overall point.
 





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What about hygiene products, clothing and school supplies? All of which disproportionately affect the poor and working class.
My state does a tax-free week for back to school clothes/supplies including electronics (up to a certain amount). Also, a tax-free week for emergency supplies including generators (up to a certain amount). I don't see why tax-free, at least for clothes, couldn't be done more than once a year. Hygiene? IDK, maybe the store brand but I don't think the fancy soaps and stuff should necessarily be tax exempt. That being said, I still think sales tax is more fair than income tax. At least with sales tax I have some control over the amount I pay in taxes.
 





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My state does a tax-free week for back to school clothes/supplies including electronics (up to a certain amount). Also, a tax-free week for emergency supplies including generators (up to a certain amount). I don't see why tax-free, at least for clothes, couldn't be done more than once a year. Hygiene? IDK, maybe the store brand but I don't think the fancy soaps and stuff should necessarily be tax exempt. That being said, I still think sales tax is more fair than income tax. At least with sales tax I have some control over the amount I pay in taxes.
You might think it’s more fair and LRC might tell you it is, but it isn’t.

https://www.citylab.com/life/2015/0...get-the-poor-and-widen-the-income-gap/384643/


https://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/who-bears-burden-national-retail-sales-tax


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ny...r-wage-earners-harder-study-finds.amp.htmlThe
 





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62 people have as much wealth as half the world

https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/ox...-as-half-the-world/?__twitter_impression=true


People can rail against “socialism” or post misleading statistics about tax burdens but this is fucking grotesque.

AOC is far from perfect and electoral politics will never be the means to real change, but she is an improvement over trickle down nonsense that has ruined the working class in the USA and elsewhere.