Book: The Great Revenue Robbery

The Great Revenue Robbery, a book edited by Richard Swift for Canadians for Tax Fairness has been published by Between the Lines Books.

"This book is timely and informative," says Canadians for Tax Fairness executive director, Dennis Howlett. "There's a roadmap here to help change the way we talk about taxes." 

Faced with growing inequality and cutback to government programs, public opinion polls show strong support for tax fairness, including raising taxes on the rich and on corporations. The Great Revenue Robbery shows us how tax policy can help rebuild our social programs, reduce the gap between rich and poor, restore environmental responsibility, and revitalize our democracy.

Contributors to this book include: James Clancy, Dennis Howlett, Trish Hennessy, Diana Gibson, Peter Gillespie,  Jim Stanford, Toby Sanger,  Joe Gunn, John Restakis and Murray Dobbin.

Some of the topics address include: 

  • Tax Fairness Key to Rebuilding Canada
  • The Power of Conventional Thinking: Canada’s Media Join the Anti-Tax Movement
  • The Trouble with Tax Havens: Whose Shelter? Whose Storm?
  • The Failure of Corporate Tax Cuts to Stimulate Business Investment Spending
  • Financial Transaction Taxes: The Battle for a Small but Important Tax
  • Taxes and Ecological Justice?
  • Tax Justice and the Civil Economy

The book has been praised by a number of notable people including:

For decades, the right has flooded the airwaves and taken over the political podiums with its anti-tax hysteria. But Canadians are waking up to the simple truth that taxes are the price we pay for civilization, and that scrimping on taxes means scrimping on civilization. This collection of compelling essays deconstructs the misinformation spewing out of right-wing think tanks and media outlets, and reminds us that a far better social order is tantalizingly within reach.”

~Linda McQuaig, author and journalist 

 “The Great Revenue Robbery is a rallying cry for a just society. Special-interest lobbying has hollowed out the tax system.  Corporations and wealthy elites have shifted their wealth and income to tax havens, and the mainstream media have polluted democratic politics with a trenchantly anti-tax agenda. This book explores this attack on tax and identifies potential progressive counterattacks, for example through financial transaction taxes, environmental taxes, and tackling tax havens.  As the climate and economic crises deepen, the case for progressive taxes becomes more compelling by the day.  Aux armes citoyens!”

~John Christensen, director, Tax Justice Network 

Over the past thirty years the prevailing neo-liberal ideology has framed taxes as fundamentally illegitimate.  In exposing this big lie, The Great Revenue Robbery compellingly demonstrates the crucial and varied role of taxes in a flourishing democracy.  If you want to understand what went wrong in Canadian public policy and how it can be fixed, you should read this book.” 

~Neil Brooks, professor of tax law and co-author of The Trouble with Billionaires

 This is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom. If you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, read The Great Revenue Robbery and think again.”

~Thomas Walkom, political columnist, Toronto Star

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