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That would be another solution - to apply tax based on timed holdings. I.E - the less tax is paid the longer you own the shares. And not too difficult to implement. A kind of tax on liquidity.

After 5 years, for instance, no tax would be payable.

This was the company taxation law in Finland for start-ups, until recently.  If you started a company and owned shares (which then required a minimum 100% capital of around 8000 €) you would pay capital gains tax if you sold within 5 years - I forget how much - but after 5 years it was all tax free.

This lead to an increase in entrepreneurship that still echoes today in Finland. 5 years happened, at the time, to be the period it would normally take to build up a viable operation with a proof-of-concept that then required further capital for exploitation. The extra capital needed meant sell-out of part or all.

But this adheres to the Peter Principle which states, crudely, that there are some people who start companies. some who grow them, and yet others who run them on the upper plateau. And very rarely can one find these talents in a single management culture.

The Finnish tax described above was seed money. It said "You risk 8000, but you could win millions". And the subtext was "You are not the right people to build it anyway"

To me, this is what governments should do: firstly, there is an ongoing actuarial analysis of present trends, extrapolated to future trends. Then instruments have to be found that dick with those trends, if they are considered to be ultimately detrimental to the 'social good'.

The 'social good' is the only thing that governments should concern themselves with. That is why they 'represent' us.

All law is to do with habituation. The sum total of what all the members in a society accept as 'normal' is behavioural. It is not good for everybody, but it is good for the majority of members. 'Strange Fruit' on the trees of the US South 50 year ago have produced a behavioural change that would never have happened without media. Strange behaviours in a society have to be explained and then accepted or rejected - that is the role of the media: the 4th Estate.

 We behave very differently as individuals, but we are rather predictable in our general attitudes because we rarely have a good choice (perfect match) in our representation. Our individual lives are analogue, but our choices are discrete - rough with the smooth.

So what I am arguing for <ducks> is a reassessment of democracy. Does 'one person, one vote' still cut it when most of the voters are traumatiised into behavioural acquiesence by the MMS?

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Dec 22nd, 2006 at 08:24:04 PM EST
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