lankou wrote:Oh,it had been a long time!Back to your good old anti-commie rants? Come on, that's old hat!
I wouldn't deny that a big part of what you write is definitely correct and well-informed, as more often than not. Still, there are heaps of people who beg to differ from your usual ultra-liberal views, which are nothing new. You have every right to believe in them, mind you.
It just doesn't feel right when you put our whole public sector in the same bag, you could at least draw the line where it has to be drawn or everything ends up as a caricature. How many countries wouldn't dream of benefitting from the same basic (to us) rights?
As much as you do, i hate certain practices which have been going on for ages, yet a lot of them are not just connected with the lefties. There are large-scale examples of corruption and squandered money right, left and center any day and every day.Besides,I don't believe tax evasion that costs the countries so much more money is due to unions. That's another side of the rotten pie which you clearly elude.
As for the performing rights and mechanical rights societies, you are indeed very well informed and struggled to help certain artists we like but there are also a number of private interests who benefit from it (especially a pool of selected french artists - some of them could hardly be described as "leftists" who live off those societies while many others don't get much or nothing).
First, since this discussion is in English, I'll use American meaning for the word "liberal". n American English, a liberal can be defined as follows:
So, I am not a liberal in the American sense of the word (or a Republican, and of course NOT a democrat): I am a libertarian. In France, not a single political party represents me.
Having said that, I find it funny how some people get all hyper when someone denounces the corruption of the communists. And then go on denouncing the horrible capitalist system's flaws. As if it somehow was an excuse for the (far bigger) flaws of leftist thought and politics. I am not in some sort of relativism game, but more into slaying dragons no matter what their color is.
What I particularly dislike about the left is their propensity to lecture from their moral high ground and yet steal, lie and deceive.
And, mind you, France's left is not limited to socialists, greens and commies and ultra left: it includes National Front and their marxist economic policies, UMP with their "jacobin" approach. France is a nation of leftist nanny state addicts totally devoid of any sense of individual initiative and personal accountability for 99% of them.
For your information, I am not limiting myself to denouncing socialists/commies/greens: I have petitioned against the UMP mayor of my town a few years ago. Same reason: lack of transparency, lack of democratic process, heavy handed methods.
My personal view, and I am going to get flamed for that, is that if there is tax avoidance, it is because countries from which taxpayers are trying to escape are overtaxing citizens and corporations and wasting the money raised (at French rates it is no longer raised, it is confiscated) on unnecessary stuff that doesnt help the population at the end of the day. Just look at France!!! 5 million unemployed, as much income inequalities as less taxed countries, no future for the youths, and one would want to support THAT??? So-called tax heavens are actually a good thing, because they help limit the abuses of administrations that want to continue increasing taxes and public spending. Tax rate competition between countries is good, and long live Ireland for that matter.
To get back on the subject of French copyright mafias, yes you are right, French artists do benefit unduly from the current system. For instance, ALL royalties (including those paid to non French payees) are subject to a 10% withholding to pay for a medical insurance. BUT only French members are entitled to the insurance coverage. So since SACEM pays out 60% of its royalties to foreigners, those foreigners are subsidizing French authors/composer. When Justin Hinds was sick and we tried to get Sacem medical insurance, we were told that he wasn't entitled. I dont want Jamaicans to finance communist (or any other party, by the way) formations like Sacem does and I dont want them to pay for French composer's healthcare.
Although Brussels decided to end Sacem's monopoly, the French authorities continue to fight the creation of alternatives which could serve authors/composers better than Sacem. Why do you think this is happening? It's because the French authorities/media/institutions are infiltrated to the hilt. I'll keep denouncing this soviet until I'm fed up and go live in Texas or some other state where they dont hassle people as much as here.