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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (2 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185168994X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851689941
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.8 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Guido on 10 May 2013
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At a time when the government is making sweeping cuts in the name of austerity, this book provides a compelling analysis of society's perception of wealth, worth and equality.

Challenging the past 20 years of monetarism and neo-liberal economics, and rejecting an individualistic approach to society, the authors construct a forceful argument for progressive taxation as a vehicle for the betterment of society. This is not a left-wing manifesto, nor a vilification of wealth, but a careful reconsideration of how members of society benefit from their membership and how we can, and should, give back.

The book is meticulously-researched and offers a balanced view of the global economic landscape. The writing is accessible and the authors do a terrific job of breaking down complicated economic language and offering practical examples. I found the book incredibly absorbing and honestly missed my bus stop on one occasion - who knew tax could be so interesting.

I think this is the first book I've reviewed on Amazon but I thought I should try and encourage others to read this important book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 July 2013
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Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks's "The Trouble With Billionaires" is a superb analysis of the growing levels of inequality in the U.K. over the last thirty odd years. As the title suggests their focus is on the higher end of the income scale: the political decisions that have allowed a few to accumulate perverse levels of wealth, and the myths that have allowed this state of affairs to gain a degree of legitimacy in the public sphere.

Early chapters give an idea of the scale of the problem (Top 1% of UK earners share of total income rising from around 6% in the mid 1970's to over 15% by the time of the Credit Crunch), remind us that "free" markets are generally anything but, not least with regards to the question of executive pay where executives sit on one another's remuneration committees and discover that yes they are worth double digit salary increases year after year after year regardless of company performance.

The 3rd chapter, "Paying for a Civilised Society" takes a step sideways to look at tax and spending, providing statistical proof that there is no correlation between levels of taxation and economic growth thus demolishing the myths that increasing taxation on the rich will cause the economy to tank. And while there is no correlation, negative or positive, between taxation and economic growth the authors do assemble evidence to suggest that there is a correlation between higher taxes and increased equality, gender equality, economic security of workers, social well-being, and lower child mortality amongst other measures. And make the point that the lower tax narrative, whatever has been said at the rhetorical level, is essentially about reducing taxation on the rich.

Chapter 4: "Plutocracy, Climate Change and the Fate of the World" is the books weakest.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on 8 Oct 2013
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Canadian journalist Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks, director of the Graduate Program in Taxation at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, have written a brilliant book on our current plight.

They show that the citizens of high public spending Nordic countries enjoy more social well-being, more equality, better health and higher levels of employment than those of low public spending Anglo-American countries. The world's two richest countries, Norway and Luxemburg, are both high public spending countries.

The higher a country's public spending, the less its poverty, including child poverty, and the less its infant mortality, and income and gender inequality. The higher a country's public spending, the better its education, its young people's opportunities, its care for the elderly and the disabled, and its use of resources.

High public spending countries grow as fast as low public spending countries, have as high living standards, innovate as much and are just as competitive. The Nordic countries are all more competitive than the Anglo-American countries. Sweden is more competitive than the USA or Britain.

Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy are doing badly. But these are not high public spending countries. Their membership of the euro, not their spending, is to blame for their misery.

What does this mean for us in Britain? IMF data show that the government will cut public spending to below the miserly US levels by 2017. Its cuts in top personal marginal tax rates do not bring growth - they just make the rich richer. High public spending brings economic and social gains.

The book is good on the problems, but weak on how we can take the world back from the tiny ruling class minority.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Boyle on 5 Oct 2013
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Excellent review of how the very wealthy have manipulated the system against the interests of the vast majority. Would be great if every voter could read it before the next general election.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Thomson on 21 Sep 2013
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Linda McQuaig at her usual analytical best. Much research, statistical comparisons, and common sense solutions, as well as a pretty good indication of who the bad guys are and why we in the West are in the mess we are. Selfishly, I hope Ms McQuaig's departure into politics doesn't last too long, but on the other hand she is the sort of person politics needs!
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