I left this comment on the thread to Ruth Coppinger’s article in today’s Irish Times, which is titled Resentment over property tax is palpable.
I want to address the wilful idiocy behind the idea expressed in this thread, and elsewhere in this newspaper today, that socialists everywhere are in favour of property taxes, and it is therefore anomalous for socialists in Ireland to oppose them.
I say ‘wilful idiocy’ because I refuse to believe that people who express such an idea are simply thick.
So, why do socialists at other places and times support property taxes?
Usually, it’s because such taxes create the conditions for a more equal and democratic society.
For example, they are a way of making sure that the wealthy are not allowed to accumulate even more of the wealth created by the labour of the vast majority.
Another example: they are a way of making sure that the wealthy are not allowed to exercise even greater control over the political process.
Ireland’s Local Property Tax has been applied in the context of an obscene illegitimate debt burden imposed on the public at the behest of financial elites, and deep personal indebtedness on account of the great housing rip-off of the boom years, from which the same financial elites benefited.
If there are readers out there who think the application of such a tax lays the basis for a more equal and democratic society, I urge you to get in touch with me. I have a very fetching monorail you may be interested in.