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Sent to: MacKenzie Scott
Subject: UBI + VAT will prove a milestone in the evolution of mankind. Please decisively support this reform.
Dear MacKenzie Scott,
Nobody needs billions, so giving them away is common sense that, unfortunately, many people lack. It's nice you're not among them.
Jeff and Elon are remarkable people, likely exceeding both my intellect and determination. But electric cars, online shopping, ferrying humans around space are small objectives when compared to finally making kindness a working, stable, society-wide reality.
Universal basic income (UBI) funded exclusively with a consumption tax (sales tax or VAT) triggers a chain of events that will ultimately turn the cut-throat jungle into a civilized society. UBI+VAT basically means that everybody shares a set percentage of own consumption equally with everyone else. No sharing means no caring, and therefore no kindness. If we want a kind society... there's no way around UBI+VAT.
Please notice that UBI makes food banks superfluous, and that, within capitalism, UBI is the only thing that's truly free (everything else is 'no honey, no money').
However the real engine of change will actually be replacing income taxes with a consumption tax. That's because, unlike the income tax, consumption taxes prevent the size of government from stifling economic competitiveness, which means big government becomes economically competitive and thus politically viable.
The income tax is basically a negative subsidy for domestic products, a pinnacle of economic cluelessness. Consumption taxes don't shoot the own economy in the foot, because they don't discriminate against domestic products, thus allowing the economy to stay competitive no matter how high the tax rate is.
Please use your billions to decisively support the transition to a UBI + VAT + NO income tax system. It will prove an irreversible milestone in the history of mankind. No greater, more consequential achievement than this. And it might be ALL within YOUR reach.
Andrew Yang was a missed opportunity for America this past election, but hopefully in 4 years. And your help could make the difference. Or get behind some other honest, credible politician supporting the same reform (FairTax would work too, the prebate is modest but would inevitably grow).
For a comprehensive and robust, yet clear, overview of the case for FairTax reform (pretty much the same as UBI+VAT+NO income tax), please see my website www.sharetax.org/ov.html. I will post this message, and any answer at www.sharetax.org/emails.html .
I wanted to write for a long time. I finally did it today because a dear friend died in a climbing accident (I found out hours ago), a stark reminder that tomorrow is not a certainty. That mark on society we plan to make as a gift for future generations? We should do it right now.