Posted by Tim Stobbs on December 5, 2008
Every once in a while I get an idea or two on how to change the world. Most of the time they won’t amount to amount to anything, but in the interest of entertainment I’ll share a few of them today.
- Remove Corporate Personhood. Really let’s face the basic fact folks. I can’t be in two places at once, but a corporation can be in millions of places at once and move millions of dollars in the blink of an eye. Corporations have too much power by making them a person under the law. In reality they require extra regulation to avoid social and environmental excesses in the mindless pursuit of profit.
- Excessive Toxin and Pollution Taxes. Let’s face it if you want a company or person to not do something you make it too expensive. So the simple solution is to use large taxes on the use of excessively toxic substances and pollution. So if you rolled taxes like that out you could then reduce income taxes. It’s similar to the Green Shift idea, but instead of just applying it to CO2 it applies to everything excessively toxic. (By the way I say excessively toxic, because just about everything is toxic to some degree, the minor stuff isn’t much of an issue, but some things are excessively toxic to all life.)
- Encourage micro and very small businesses by removing taxes. Currently when a large business fails or shuts down operations it tends to effect a larger number of people directly and even larger number indirectly. By shifting the focus to smaller local markets with multiple very small scale business the economy can handle the shocks of downturns better on a national level. Yes some areas would still get hit hard once in a while, but the secondary effects would be reduced.
- Change Property Tax to Square Foot Based. Pick a flat rate and then apply it to houses to encourage smaller ones which use less resources. So if you did $2/sq foot per year, a 1200 sq foot house would be $2400/year, while a 3500 sq foot house would be $7000/year. That way if you want a huge house, you better be able to afford it.
Well there’s a few of my strange ideas on changing the world. If you have got some of your own, please share.