Branko Milanović ima zelo jasno sporočilo bogatašem, ki se bodo naslednji teden spet dobili v Davosu in še enkrat več izrazili svojo zaskrbljenost nad neenakostjo in revščino, pri čemer bodo pozabili, da njihova podjetja slabo plačujejo zaposlene, nasprotujejo dvigu minimalne plače, se borijo proti organiziranim sindikatom, kupujejo podjetja širom sveta za drobiž, lastništvo pa parkirajo v davčnih oazah, tako kot svoje osebno premoženje:
Put your money where your mouth is or shut up.
Seveda pa Branko to pove na bistveno bolj izbran način. Ker pač ima stil:
They are loath to pay a living wage, but they will fund a philharmonic orchestra. They will ban unions, but they will organize a workshop on transparency in government.
Thousands of people will gather next week in Davos. Their combined wealth will reach several hundred billion dollars, perhaps even close to a trillion. Never in world history will be the amount of wealth per square foot so high. And this year, for the sixth or seventh consecutive time, what would be one of the principal topics addressed by these captains of industry, billionaires, employers of thousands of people across the four corners of the globe: inequality…
Only in passing, and probably on the margins of the official program, will they get into the tremendous monopoly and monopsony power of their companies, ability to play one jurisdiction against another in order to avoid taxes, how to ban organized labor in their companies, how to use government ambulance services to carry workers who have fainted from extra heat (to save expense of air conditioning), how to make their workforce complement its wage through private charity donations, or perhaps how to pay the average tax rate between 0 and 12% (Trump to Romney). If they are from the emerging market economies they can also exchange experiences on how to delay payments of wages for several months while investing these funds at high interests rates, how to save on labor protection standards, or how to buy privatized companies for a song and then set up shell companies in the Caribbean or Channel Islands.
Still poverty and inequality which are, as we know, the defining issues of our time will be permanently on their minds.
It is just that somehow they never succeeded to find enough money, or time, or perhaps willing lobbyists to help with the policies they will all agree, during the official sessions, should be done: to increase taxes on the top 1% and on large inheritances, to provide decent wages or not to impound salaries, to reduce gaps between CEO and average pay, to spend more money on public education, to make access to financial assets more attractive to the middle and working class, to equalize taxes on capital and labor, to reduce corruption in government contracts and privatizations.
Vir: Branko Milanović