Wealthy and responsible. A shifting discursive terrain?

It seems there is change at hand. For a long time in Germany, the UK, etc. it has been considered quite laudable to use tax loopholes, and respectable to demand less tax for the wealthy.

Now, in Germany, the wealthiest themselves are demanding that they be allowed to contribute more to the current financial crisis. “We want to pay more”; fix those “ridiculous” tax loopholes; over half the top managers in a survey think top earners should pay more tax.

Change indeed. Now politics can use what Ranciére calls a “strategy of verification” to hold these words to deeds.


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