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London's Mayor Says We Should "Thank The Super Rich"

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

If you thought you had seen it all when it comes to sob stories of the “super rich” following the comparison of the criticisms of banker bonuses to the lynching of black people in the south by AIG’s CEO in September, think again. The latest groveling, inane defense of the “super rich” comes from none other than the gatekeeper of the largest oligarch whorehouse on planet earth. The Mayor of London, Mr. Boris Johnson.

Now I warn you, do not read the following Op-Ed on a full stomach. The vapid, nonsensical, Onion-like prose may very well induce fits of nausea and uncontrolled regurgitation. This is quite frankly one of the worst things I have ever read in my life. It echoes like a sort of grandiose ass-kissing ritual one would have encountered in a Middle Age court from an aspiring manservant of the realm, desperately trying to rapidly advance a coupe of notches up the social strata of some decadent feudal kingdom. Simply put, Boris Johnson should be ashamed to show his face in public after writing such disingenuous garbage.

Now for some excerpts from the UK Telegraph:

The great thing about being Mayor of London is you get to meet all sorts. It is my duty to stick up for every put-upon minority in the city – from the homeless to Irish travellers to ex-gang members to disgraced former MPs. After five years of slog, I have a fair idea where everyone is coming from.

 

But there is one minority that I still behold with a benign bewilderment, and that is the very, very rich. I mean people who have so much money they can fly by private jet, and who have gin palaces moored in Puerto Banus, and who give their kids McLaren supercars for their 18th birthdays and scour the pages of the FT’s “How to Spend It” magazine for jewel-encrusted Cartier collars for their dogs.

 

I suspect that the answer, as Solon pointed out to Croesus, is not really, frankly; or no happier than the man with just enough to live on. If that is the case, and it really is true that having stupendous sums of money is very far from the same as being happy, then surely we should stop bashing the rich.

So he starts off right away with complete idiocy. Sure, I genuinely agree that having that much money is more of a curse than a blessing, but that doesn’t mean we should stop bashing oligarchs. Not all (but most) oligarch wealth has been created or maintained and coddled via Central Bank policies that favor their class, bailouts and crony capitalist deals. That’s why the rest of us aren’t benefiting from this phantom “economic recovery.” Perhaps he forgot the saying by Honore de Balzac:

“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.”

Now back to bumbling Boris.

On the contrary, the latest data suggest that we should be offering them humble and hearty thanks. It is through their restless concupiscent energy and sheer wealth-creating dynamism that we pay for an ever-growing proportion of public services. The top one per cent of earners now pay 29.8 per cent of all the income tax and National Insurance received by the Treasury. In 1979 – when Labour had a top marginal rate of 83 per cent tax after Denis Healey had earlier vowed to squeeze the rich until the pips squeaked – the top one per cent paid only 11 per cent of income tax. Now, the top 0.1 per cent – about 29,000 people – pay an amazing 14.1 per cent of all taxes.

Of course they pay the most in taxes. Just like JP Morgan pays the most in fines. It’s a cost of business and a small price to pay to make sure the serfs don’t get too uppity. Seriously, what planet does this guy live on?

Nor, of course, is that the end of their contribution to the wider good. These types of people are always the first target of the charity fund-raisers, whether they are looking for a new church roof or a children’s cancer ward. These are the people who put bread on the tables of families who – if the rich didn’t invest in supercars and employ eau de cologne-dabbers – might otherwise find themselves without a breadwinner. And yet they are brow-beaten and bullied and threatened with new taxes, by everyone from the Archbishop of Canterbury to Nick Clegg.

So according to Boris, we couldn’t survive with oligarchs. Why not just bring back royalty? Oh wait…

The rich are resented, not so much for being rich, but for getting ever richer than the middle classes – and the trouble is that the gap is growing the whole time, and especially has done over the past 20 years. It is hard to say exactly why this is, but I will hazard a guess. Of all the self-made super-rich tycoons I have met, most belong to the following three fairly exclusive categories of human being:

It’s not hard to say exactly why the gap has widened. I’ve basically been writing about it for years. His conclusion; however, exposes his embarrassing bias.

(1) They tend to be well above average, if not outstanding, in their powers of mathematical, scientific or at least logical reasoning. (2) They have a great deal of energy, confidence, risk-taking instinct and a desire to make money. (3) They have had the good fortune – by luck or birth – to be able to exploit these talents.

I know a lot of people that demonstrate the above qualities. Many, many people, and none of them are oligarchs. So please give it a rest.

We should be helping all those who can to join the ranks of the super-rich, and we should stop any bashing or moaning or preaching or bitching and simply give thanks for the prodigious sums of money that they are contributing to the tax revenues of this country, and that enable us to look after our sick and our elderly and to build roads, railways and schools.

Now he’s totally off the deep end. I hear the Onion is looking for writers…

Indeed, it is possible, as the American economist Art Laffer pointed out, that they might contribute even more if we cut their rates of tax; but it is time we recognised the heroic contribution they already make. In fact, we should stop publishing rich lists in favour of an annual list of the top 100 Tax Heroes, with automatic knighthoods for the top 10.

Knighthoods. Makes a lot of sense actually since there generally seems to be a strong negative correlation between folks being knighted and being decent human beings.

If this was your attempt at continuing to inflate a oligarch housing bubble in London, congrats Mr. Johnson. Well done. Perhaps some day, you’ll receive your precious knighthood.

Full article here.

 

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Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:17 | 4192863 Sam Clemons
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Fuck him.  And Bernanke.  And Yellen.  

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:41 | 4192909 Incubus
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Fuck fuck, 'cause fuck.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:53 | 4192939 PT
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Hahahahahahaha!  The plebs are too happy!  Let's give 'em something to be angry about.  Watch this!

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:03 | 4192960 willwork4food
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You guys should chill and look at this logically. The super rich will need A LOT more security, and A LOT more room to put those guys in 24/7. I'm not even going to mention the reality that those security personell might get a little pissed with the $10/hr pay one day to accidentally forget to set an alarm.

One way or another it will trickle down. Even when it's the  1%'ers  blood.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:17 | 4192984 Anusocracy
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They are rich mainly because of an innate understanding of the value of government: a mechanism for transferring wealth upwardly.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 02:01 | 4193018 Skateboarder
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This guy is such a whore. You gotta have lost dignity to write shit like that.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 02:14 | 4193030 Freddie
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His grandfather was a Turkish sultan or something.  Not sure where the anglcised name came from. Boris was born in NYC so he probably is more eleigble to be President then our muslim.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:03 | 4193051 Skateboarder
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We wanted the heir of Ali Baba but got the heirs of the 40 theives instead?

edit: all I know is that this is about twenty gigapukes worth of hubris:

We should be helping all those who can to join the ranks of the super-rich, and we should stop any bashing or moaning or preaching or bitching and simply give thanks for the prodigious sums of money that they are contributing to the tax revenues of this country, and that enable us to look after our sick and our elderly and to build roads, railways and schools.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:09 | 4193069 Son of Loki
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I would personally like to thank m ost of the generoius bankers hwo have shared .01% of their profits with the hoi poloi.....that's why it's a sad day that  we are forced by moral principles and FAIRNESS to lift them up on the stool and wrap that rough noose around their fragile necks .....

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 05:03 | 4193149 James_Cole
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% of income tax paid by top rich is a GIGANTIC fucking red herring, particularly in the US.

How much of the payroll tax do they pay? Oh yeah, nothing. Payroll tax happens to = income tax receipts but who's keeping score? And all those lucky ducks who get to pay income tax and payroll tax, they get a special name - the middle class. Rich fuck the poor, middle picks up the tab.

If these parasites (the uber rich) were to all disappear tomorrow what would happen? They'd immediately be replaced and no one would notice the difference. Make the middle class extinct and your whole economy goes with it.

/rant

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 08:01 | 4193246 philipat
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Where is Boris Alatovkrap when you need him? Boris MAY be the next UK PM. I mean the London Boris. Life goes on....Yawn

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 08:25 | 4193265 negative rates
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We should thank them, for words like arrogance, hypocrisy, corruption, evil, and the list goes on and on, just like him. Boris on slow boat to China with no battries.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 05:54 | 4193174 Cacete de Ouro
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Well he did go to Eton and was the MP for Henley...So, he has always been surrounded by tossers, and became one

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 09:06 | 4193323 booboo
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Meh, cock sucker doing what cock suckers do, he's just pining for his Christmas bonus from the boys in th hood.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:55 | 4193114 andrewp111
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Transferring wealth upwardly and downwardly. It is the middle that gets destroyed by both ends.  ObamaCare is the perfect analogy to the world at large.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 19:55 | 4195296 Anusocracy
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That is true, but while the lower 30% might share $250 billion in loot, so might the upper .01%.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:04 | 4192965 JohnnyBriefcase
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Oh, those zany super-rich!

What will they do next?!

 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:15 | 4192982 PT
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Re: "... simply give thanks for the prodigious sums of money that they are contributing to the tax revenues of this country, and that enable us to look after our sick and our elderly ..."

...who can't look after themselves because someone stole all their money... 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:19 | 4192987 PT
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Re:  ~ "The top .1% pay 14% of income tax ..."

Tell me again, what % of the income do they have?  Can we have an investigation into the tax evasion inferred right there? 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 09:52 | 4193431 Mentaliusanything
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Make excellent Fioe Gras... washed down with a cheeky Chianti. Smoke cure the rest for snacks while hunting with their 12 gauge hung off sandbags over the doors of the Bentley. Bentley's are well sprung 2.8 ton paddock bashers. Run Boris Run Run Run, run little rabbit run run run

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 10:05 | 4193457 Nothing but the...
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Just fuck off Johnson . And when you get there you can fuck off some more . Then when you have fucked off long enough that you can't hear me no more I'd like you to come back here so I can tell you to fuck off again.  What a public school , feckless, fucking fartface prick.

 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 12:59 | 4193965 Loose Caboose
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I'll see your fuck and raise you two fucks.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:54 | 4193011 Jim in MN
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I will thank them with a biiiig fat foot up the ass, for destroying democracy, saddling my kids with unpayable debt, and being fuckheaded twats.

Is that thankful enough?

Pissants.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 02:40 | 4193050 Wile-E-Coyote
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Boris is a likable buffoon; no one takes him seriously in the UK. An upper class caricature who doesn't know how to use a comb and cuts his own hair in the dark.

Eton educated one of the elite boys, if he is saying this shite then he must know that the day of reckoning for the bankers will be a close encounter with a lamp post and six foot of rope. This must be in light of the RBS scandal breaking over here at this very moment, where RBS bankrupted businesses to steal their assets at a knock down price, and sell them on to a subsidiary company to dispose of for a big profit. This is going to be massive story. Here is the story http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/10477204/RBS-faces-criminal-probe-of-small-business-allegations.html

 London Bankers also bankroll the Tories, enough said.

 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:36 | 4193074 zhandax
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Your last sentence says it all.  You really think the bankster apologist quoted above will allow the RBS chairman to go to jail?

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 04:41 | 4193134 reload
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Obviously not: and the current chief exec, Ross McEwan has not had his job longer than a couple of months - so he will be able to say `not on my watch old boy` Stephen Hester, who he replaced could not wait to get oot of the door back in the summer. At the time it was obvious that something very smelly would surface.

RBS is not alone in treating its department dealing with struggling customers as a profit centre. The RBS one is called GRG and it does seem they have taken the profit angle to new heights of fraud and duplicity.  How many of us on here will be at all suprised? none I immagine.

A few small fry might be pub;icly hung out to dry, jail is highly improbable. The big fish will swim off unscathed to new and richer feeding grounds.

So the big question for me is - could this be a catalyst to break up the UK TBTF state supported banks? The Banks will fight it, dirtily, and Johnson unsuprisingly has sided with them.

Personally I think these greedy fucks should be accountable, Johnson does not. He is a statist prick.

 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:23 | 4192864 LetThemEatRand
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The "productive class."  http://www.gettyimages.com/editorialimages/royalty.  Playing polo, saying they deserve it, and living on inherited wealth while the people try to figure out how to survive since polo became a thing.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:22 | 4192875 prains
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Don't get me started on fucking Oligarchs.......they need to be very concerned for their physical futures

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:23 | 4192877 LetThemEatRand
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They are "entitled" to their wealth and physical safety. 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:26 | 4192882 prains
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LOL, yes "they" are...... but that means nothing to zombies, they just need a face to eat

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:40 | 4192907 Tall Tom
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They will cannibalize upon one another. The rich are fleeing to the Caymans. Do you have a Lear Jet so that you can eat their faces?

 

It was a Homeless man in Florida who had his face eaten. That Homeless man does not qualify as one of the rich.

 

And yes they are entitled to every dime that they have stolen. They did it LEGALLY. Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:43 | 4192918 LetThemEatRand
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So nine tenths of the time we should take back what they stole.   And the other one tenth of the time is the world we live in now.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:47 | 4192925 prains
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...or the zombies eat only 9/10 th of the face and leave 1/10th for oral hygiene sake

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:33 | 4193001 Rusty Shorts
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...apparently, foraging is legal, just saying

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 06:04 | 4193180 Wahooo
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Legal, eh? What's that mean? Here's what it means: that some uber-rich fuck paid the government to create a law that enables them to take money from others.

There's a difference between legal and just. The wider the difference, the more likely we are to have a nice, bloody revolution to wipe the world of these parasites, wash, rinse, repeat, as they say.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:55 | 4192951 PT
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The aristocracy never left town.  The divine rulers just modified their script.  We have scientific proof that you will be richer if you are poorer and we are rich.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:41 | 4192916 Tasty Sandwich
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The origins of the game of polo are obscure, being claimed by Iran, China, India and others.  Some authors give dates as early as the 5th century BC (or earlier) to the 1st century AD for its origin by the Medes.  Certainly the earliest records of polo are Median (an ancient Iranian people), and by the time of the Tang Dynasty, records of polo were well-established in China.

Polo - Wikipedia

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:18 | 4192866 Al Huxley
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BunzBunzBunz, was that you?  Are you actually the Mayor of London?

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:26 | 4192883 Eireann go Brach
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Jesus what next, a fucking skinny half black, brown, white Kenyan guy as the mayor of London!

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:39 | 4193095 zhandax
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They are welcome to take ours

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:33 | 4192884 thestarl
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Typical Eton educated arsehole.What the prick fails to mention is that most of these cunts are born on third base and went to the same private school as daddy.  

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:52 | 4192941 The_Prisoner
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How right you are! I have been around some of those fucks, and most are of below-average intelligence, wit and looks.

The only exceptional trait most share is the exceptional confidence that whathever happens, they will be looked after.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:57 | 4193012 ThirdWorldDude
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Boris is talking his book. I still remember the good laugh I had when I heard him thanking "the people of the City of London" for helping him get reelected and pledging to work only for the benefits of The City of London.

Guess who was BJ's largest campaign sponsor and why... (there's even a twitter account by Bankers4Boris)

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:45 | 4193105 Pizza man
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it's not evil to be born "on third base". Are we disparaging the wealth or the cronyism? Just want to draw that line. And while I think Boris poured it on a little too thickly, who is to blame for the crony relationships? Do the super rich create cronyism or is it a function of bloated government and government corruption that attracts these people like flies to poop?

And who voted for statist , corrupt and bloated government across all of the Western world (and Japan) that attracts these kinds of people? WE DID! This article is nothing but more scapegoating the responsibility that deserves to sit firmly upon our own shoulders.

It seems we want the "utopian" entitlemnent state, but don't want to see the evil that always comes along with it?

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 04:17 | 4193126 The Abstraction...
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Anyone who makes a stand against the corrupt and bloated government is assassinated. That is why JFK's death is covered up to this day. Democracy? There is no democracy.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 06:15 | 4193184 Wahooo
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Oh my god, seriously? SERIOUSLY?????

We voted for a bloated, corrupt government?

We voted for the bloated, corrupt government given to us by two parties whose narrowly-defined candidates were carefully selected to look after the interests of the uber-rich and who received votes by lying to Citizens about their intentions and then doing just the opposite under the cloak of politics, parliamentary rules, bureaucracy and outright secrecy once they got into office.

It's the UniParty and it's a fucking sham! All of it, through and through.

We want an entitlement state??? SERIOUSLY?  We just want to be able to afford a doctor visit, have some measure of temporary food assistance if we're somehow without means. Instead, the uber-rich have given us a bloated healthcare system that funnels money to healthcare billionaires and a crack habit called SNAP to keep us coming back for more. They're ZOOKEEPERS for crying out loud and this is Animal Farm.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:29 | 4192886 FieldingMellish
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If you know Boris Johnson, this is not surprising in the least. Red Ken will return in 3 years. He is no better but is the polar opposite.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:31 | 4192890 brown_hornet
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"Tax the rich till there are no rich no more"

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 06:00 | 4193179 StandardDeviant
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Yeah, that'll work.

Not to stick up for wealthy heirs, corrupt ex-dictators, market fixers, and the like; but there are still a few people out there who are wealthy because they earned it the old-fashioned way.

Really, the level of envy in these comments is astonishing.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:31 | 4192892 ebworthen
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Time to run some Dickens in the press again, to compete with this fop's drivel.

Oh yes, those poor rich sods, wondering how to survive on 1.5 million/year.

Sob, weep, tears of pity for the mammon lusting wankers.

Where have I put my kerchief!?

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:34 | 4192898 Tall Tom
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On ZeroHedge we are Equal Opportunity Bashers. We will bash the Poor Welfare Mother and the Rich Oligarch with much delight.

Our misanthropy is spread amongst the most deserving. Why we even will bash one another.

 

No problem with that. Now quit reading crap and get back to work. Both the Oligarchs and the Poor Welfare Waif are counting on you. They are DEPENDENT upon your cooperation. Because...YOU DESERVE TO WORK for nothing.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:12 | 4192975 Yenbot
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Tall Tom! Tall Tom! Tall Tom is THE ONE!!

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:50 | 4193108 andrewp111
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Rich Banksters are nothing more than an upper class of welfare queens anyway. Free money from Central Banks is provided to them, and they need only go through the motions of doing God's Work to stuff their own pockets. It is no wonder that the Democratic Party represents both classes of people these days - the Poor and the Ultra-Rich Financiers.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:37 | 4192904 Colonel Klink
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He should be the first in the guillotine in London.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:31 | 4193085 Colonel Klink
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Sorry Mr. London mayor, I didn't know you frequented ZH.

A hearty and warm fuck you!

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 06:46 | 4193204 Byte Me
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That is so Fraaynchee in modality.

Londoners are sooo much more traditional... like "run 'im up the apples and pears" and then HANG THE FUCKTARD.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:42 | 4192917 Dr. Engali
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Well I for one, am glad he cleared that up. I had the oligarchs all pegged for greedy psychopathic bastards who are so out of touch with reality that they have no fucking idea about the shit storm their averous is about to bring down on them. It's good to know that they are really in tune and have so much in common with the rest of humanity.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:48 | 4192932 prains
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their "tuning" fork is set to the correct pitch and tenor of the middle class sphincter, the hum is pitch perfect when bounced off your corn hole

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:06 | 4192967 Colonel Klink
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Kind of like bat's radar, except they call it compassion.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:12 | 4192976 ebworthen
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Bob Cratchit would have spelled it "avarice" but I doubt he will be getting a turkey for Tiny Tim and the family from Scrooge.

Great twist of lemony irony in that post Dr., thank you.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:34 | 4193000 scrappy
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Well said Dr.

This is actually an ancient disease.

It creeped into the British Isles before the "Flight of the Earls"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_of_the_earls

The destoyers of nations friend, no less.

They are here.

So are WE.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:48 | 4192931 Son of Captain Nemo
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A pud.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:50 | 4192933 Bay of Pigs
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"that enable us to look after our sick and our elderly and to build roads, railways and schools."

Well, now who can argue with that?

trololololo...


Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:10 | 4192938 SillySalesmanQu...
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I hope that the dear citizens of London throw eggs at this scoundrel, spit at his feet, and urinate on his shoes like a dog taking a leak on a fire hydrant. May he step on a flaming pile of dog shit, slip, fall and roll in it, trying to put himself out...Piss off Boris!

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:55 | 4192948 mbutler101
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Let them eat bitcoin

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:59 | 4192957 nakki
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That's a lot of cock Boris just took down!!

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:05 | 4192964 OneTinSoldier66
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Crony Capitalism(Government) is the root of all evil.

Money is the root of all evil.

 

NOTE: There is a difference between Government, and Governance.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 05:31 | 4193160 Czar of Defenes...
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TWO OBSERVATIONS, you nitwit:

1) The correct quote is, "THE LOVE OF money is the root of all evil."  Learn the difference.

2) Go live in North Korea if you prefer totalitarianism.  Otherwise, work as necessary to ensure the freedoms withing your country's Constitution.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:06 | 4192966 PT
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Gimme a few billion and check back in ten years and see who is more productive.  Admittedly, I will begin by selfishly spending the money on myself - house, car, motorbike, helicopter lessons, then I'll go back to uni - can't do much or spend much while studying - but then will come the point where I want to hire a bunch of engineers, architects and tradesmen.  The world is my Lego Set!!!!

Okay, okay, very possible that it might all go to my head and make me feel tired, I sleep in till midday every day and waste a couple of bucks on hookers each day.  But I can't imagine that I'd make the world any worse.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:15 | 4192978 Constitutional ...
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BoJo is an overfed House cat; amusing as a clever pet. That's why he has clawed his way up the slippery pole of Yesminster and Whitewash politics in the disintegrating UK as one of the favorites of the Rothschilds and other banksters.

He's a newbie, his family relatively new to the UK,  the worst kind of social climber. A journalist from Oxford, the worst kind of quisling. You can expect him to lick the boot that refuses to kick him, another educated fool, self-evidently. Amusing, though.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 02:06 | 4193024 WTFUD
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Excellent summation of FloBoJo, a sneaky cunt who enjoys playing the court jester.

Important point though is the ' middle classes ' put him where he is; yes the same ones who have had to withdraw their sprogs from the private schools etc etc

So fuck 'em all. They deserve what they got/get. i will not shed any tears when they stand alongside the great unwashed at the soup kitchens and their daughters are selling their ass to pay for college.

your humble servant, mi lord.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:19 | 4192986 alentia
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The author is - socialist.

The Boris is - kissing rich asses.

The Art Laffer - did not pay Peter Schiff the penny on the bet he lost.

The I - don't give a damn about the rich. They wanted it, they got it.

The you - what are your priorities in life?

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:22 | 4192988 Silver Bullet
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This is literally the greatest op-Ed I've ever read.

If only I could be alive in 100 years to see it quoted in books about our time to show ridiculous it all was.

Hats off, Boris!

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 01:57 | 4193014 spdrdr
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Boris serves a purpose.  As you all do, and it is profoundly evident that each of you is fundamentally (or innately) aware of your own, personal purpose.

The purpose is to increase my wealth.

Thank you for playing.

 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 02:02 | 4193021 Haager
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So, in relative numbers Boris is saying that those who earn 80+% of all income do pay 14.1% of all taxes? Looks kind of fair, out of this butlers view.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 02:06 | 4193027 pitz
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Very few of the rich actually earned it.  Most of them stole.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 04:15 | 4193125 The Abstraction...
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Count all known rich people who stand up against Political Correctness. Did anyone  here need to use their left hand? (Sans the devil-handers).

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 02:15 | 4193031 Coldfire
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Boris Johnson's cringemaking public fellation of his masters is part and parcel of his trip up the ladder to become the Slime Minister. As von Hayek wrote, the worst get on top.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 02:48 | 4193056 Bear
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BJ for the Elite

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 02:55 | 4193061 clumb
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Aaaahhhhh, Boris! That was a good rimming....i especially liked the moment when your tounge tickled my prostate....no, back to work!

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:01 | 4193064 Trucker Glock
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I'll bet his handlers don't even let him pick his own dog collar.  And I'll bet it doesn't say Cartier on it.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:31 | 4193087 Colonel Klink
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Nope, it says BITCH!

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:05 | 4193067 Trucker Glock
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I wonder if this will get him on the BTC bounty list.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:43 | 4193098 cpzimmon
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You won't win by blaming the wealthy anymore than by blaming the poor. It takes one another to exist. A yin yang sort of thing.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:44 | 4193101 Peter Pan
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I have a problem when we automatically pass judgement when we hear the word rich on its own.

I would like to know if the rich person we speak of makes extensive use of tax havens, if he is a psychopath, if he is immoral, if he is raising decent kids, if he tries to donate his way to government contracts, if he donates his time to other people, if his pet philanthropy furthers the future of a free humanity or whether it is a vehicle for further control and whether after becoming obscenely rich he is still driven by a desire for further accumulation of wealth.

 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:49 | 4193109 Mister Ponzi
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This happens when an American writes about the mayor of a big European city...

For heaven's sake, he is the mayor of London. It is the business model of that city to attract the wealthiest people from all over the world. It is the safe haven for Frenchmen and Indians alike who flee excessive taxation and persecution. As the mayor of London it is his job description to stand on the side of the uber-wealthy. Do you complain that participants of the World Climate Summit in Warsaw have a green agenda? So why do you complain about Johnson defending the super-rich???

 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 06:22 | 4193187 smacker
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I understand and totally agree BUT.....

Boris has never to my knowledge ever written or spoken any balancing comments about the need for his super-rich pals in The City (he's referring to bankers, other financiers and assorted corporatist sharks and criminals) to comply with any set of laws or ethical and moral rules. Nor even to recognise that their existence is wholly due to ordinary people to which they therefore have an obligation. Nor to even raise the issue of criminal investigation of banker fraud which continues to this day.

Boris really is in the camp of "grab and steal as much as you can and run". He is currently No.1 on the list to replace the "PR Stuntman" David Cameron if/when he's ousted.

That said, the alternative to Boris is a Labour Party Major who would follow in the footsteps of Red Ken Livingstone. And wherever Labour exist, corruption and breathtaking incompetence soon follows.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 07:21 | 4193202 falak pema
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SO the west is doomed if it can't choose between statism gone "we don't know how to count" and Oligarchy feudalism gone "whats mine is mine and whats yours in now negotiable on our table".

Both represent the pierced barrel of Danaides. Fifty daughters and no way to stop that barrel from pissing its wine...like human blood. 

PS : As for the Pope being against abortion...yes, nobody is above the inexorable lessons of history. If you go against history; your church, your dogma and your spiritual power; end up in the dustbin. The catholic church is now back peddling bigtime to climb back on its pedestal; not to save its reputation in first world; where nobody goes to church but to the Museums to get a breath of Cultural uplift that has replaced religious uplift ever since Michael Angelo painted the ceiling of Sistine Chapel and declared by his acts "humanity is greater than blind dogma";  but to save its hold on the THIRD world, the future of planet if you are into large aggregates.

The same goes for corrupt financial constructs. Look behind that curtain today and Balzac's famous phrase of formula for going from rags to riches glory stares you right in the face. Our storytellers of modern age, the painter and literary geniuses have more truth in their guts than kings and Oligarchs; something we should never forget for our own collective good. History now gets more and more documented and Nemesis is all the more armed to scour retribution.

The fight between people's rights and feudal might will never end. That's human nature and its beyond rationality. 

Unfortunately cynicism has a great future with humanity. 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 06:48 | 4193206 Mister Ponzi
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Nice avatar...

 

As I see it I didn't comment on anything BJ said. After all, he is a politician and what he says publicly has nothing to do with what he really thinks (think Juncker). I just can't understand how anybody can be outraged about the London mayor talking his book. I mean, it would be similar to being outraged that the Pope is against abortion.

 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 07:48 | 4193236 smacker
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"As I see it I didn't comment on anything BJ said"

Maybe. But your comments were about "the stance" that Boris takes when he speaks and writes (as in this Telegraph article). It is shamelessly pro-City, pro-banker and pro-business. That is Boris. And I don't really object to that given his role as Mayor.

But my comments pointed out that he never balances these publicly stated views by asserting that The City also needs to abide by a set of rules and ethics, since their existence is owed to the very same people who they cheat and defraud.

His actions also lead me to believe that this aspect of governance is way down his list of priorities. We won't know for sure unless he becomes Tory Party leader, but by that time it would be too late.

Meanwhile, doubts will continue to exist over where his loyalties lie.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 03:57 | 4193113 formadesika3
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<<London's Mayor Says We Should Thank The Super Rich>>

Okay well if the request is from the lord mayor of London, then why not:

Thank you, super-rich,

Now can you pay me the money you owe me?

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 04:41 | 4193135 The Abstraction...
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Readers, Boris Johnson shares something in common with these people, do you know what it is?

 

  • David Cameron
  • The Milliband Brothers 
  • The Kray Twins
  • Ben Bernake
  • Alan Greenspan
  • Fagin
Wed, 11/27/2013 - 04:45 | 4193137 Colonel Klink
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They're all part of the same club?

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 05:22 | 4193156 The Abstraction...
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Guess one of their tribe clicked down on all the really clever comments.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 10:25 | 4193488 samsara
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They're  all Jains?

They're all Hindu?

They're all Shinto?

They're  all ......   I'll hit it after awhile.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 04:43 | 4193136 Atomizer
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Mr. Boris Johnson,

 

Watch out for the red & yellow lorry’s. Even with all the UK surveillance, your cat in a dog suit could easily become victimized for ransom or suddenly run down.

 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 04:48 | 4193141 css1971
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The true colour of "The politician".

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 04:47 | 4193142 Notarocketscientist
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I couldn't bring myself to waste my time reading that article.....  

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 05:07 | 4193150 CHX
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Crap breeds crap.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 07:02 | 4193215 I am Jobe
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Look at the Rothschilds

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 05:27 | 4193158 Czar of Defenes...
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I'm not sure if the author jerks off by self-flagellating or screaming into the wind.  Envy will get him first.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 06:28 | 4193181 falak pema
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ZH makes me feel like I'm Nostradamus.

I posted this yesterday :

Two people incarnate the neo feudal order : Boris of London and Bloomberg of Big Apple.

Thank you Boris for prooooooving me right! 

These farts are so predictable. No man is more welcome in London town than the dictator of Azerbaijan or Ouzbekistan and/or his mink coated array of wives, daughters and harem courtisans. Add those chinese oligarchy scam shills to the list and arab monarchy turbans of oil rich enclaves who represent the NWO and you have the 0.001% of the world.

I'm forgetting the usual suspects of the bankster first world cabal and their corporate owners but they are now soooo common they are part of the woodwork of City's cathedrals, like creepy crawly maggots. 

Lol, next we know the Tylers will be carrying hammers and sickles singing : Ah! ça ira, ça ira, les ARISTOS à l'échafaud! 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 06:22 | 4193189 WTFUD
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Seriously if you took a baseball bat to the back of BJs head for half an hour he'd be none the wiser!

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 06:31 | 4193193 Quinvarius
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I don't mind the super rich.  I plan to be one of them.  That is how you know I am not a Socialist.  What I mind are the super rich who got that way off of public looting, bailouts and political favors, like the bankers.  People that played the game and lost, then robbed everyone else so they could get rich.  They are society destroying looters.  They are not smart or better.  For all intents and purposes, they are politicians.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 14:05 | 4194157 Opinionated Ass
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I don't mind the super rich.  I plan to be one of them.

Agreed. And why do so many commenters here conflate "rich" with "looter"? My guess is they are envious. An ugly trait. Even uglier when a bunch of envious people vote for confiscatory tax policy enforced by government violence (if you don't believe me, try ignoring Inland Revenue or IRS letters for a few months and watch the men with clubs show up at your doorstep).

Democracy is the evil outlet for the envious. And once these envious people unleash legally voted violence on the "super rich" watch how that violence extends to the mildly rich and even those only slightly better off. Watch envy-fueled democratic socialism descend to destructive madness impoverishing all. And why stop with equalizing wealth? Why not disfigure the faces of the super beautiful? Why not separate happy couples by force? We can't tolerate super happy people when so many are miserable can we? Equality for all!

Bash crony capitalists, sure. But don't bash capitalists. That's the same as bashing private property rights. And if you feel envious try to deal with it without resorting to mob rule violence. Follow Quinvarius. Success is the best revenge, monetary or otherwise.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 06:32 | 4193198 kurt
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I pray Boris never gets a persistent sore on his penis.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 07:01 | 4193214 I am Jobe
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Warren Buffett seems to fit the profile here

 

“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.”

Honoré de Balzac
Wed, 11/27/2013 - 07:37 | 4193230 Racer
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Attempts to deflect attention:

- Blame the poor for laziness for not getting a job even though jobs are hard to come by. If they can get a  job it is low paid/zero hour contracts/part time

- Praise the rich because they pay a lot in taxes even though the percentage they pay is a lot less than those far less well off and also their pay is many many times those less well off

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 07:42 | 4193234 buzzsaw99
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no surprise that a man with a beak like that would be an accomplished brown noser

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 07:53 | 4193238 El Hosel
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Those TOP 100 "Tax Heroes" should automatically have to spend 10 Nights in "the Hood".... To help further Inspire the Exploitation of those sperm given "Talents".

 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 07:55 | 4193243 Cleetus
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I read about rich people once. They were having to carry all the mail for Obama

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 08:23 | 4193261 Papasmurf
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He sounds like a British Mitt Romney

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 08:30 | 4193272 toros
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Maybe the Mayor just forgot the /sarc at the end of the article. Anyway, +1 for the warning about reading this.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 08:58 | 4193311 bugs_
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We're so sorry Uncle Yellen
We're so sorry if we caused you any pain

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 09:26 | 4193363 Cameli
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You forgot type (4) Boris : Are actually total plums and despicable human beings who simply inherited the money

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 09:26 | 4193365 bullchit
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I didn't have time to trawl through the obvious....
I'd like to thank the Super/rich...

Just bite down on this.....

 

Regards. 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 09:36 | 4193389 therover
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For these fucks, there is no such thing as 'legal'. It's having teams of lawyers to figure out how to capitalize on what is illegal.

If I said you could make a million dollars a year illegally, and the only repercussion if you got caught, would be to pay a small fine, wouldn't you do it as long as you could ? 

 

See JPM for a prime example and replace millions with BILLIONS. 

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 09:42 | 4193398 Izznogood
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It is easy to become scandalized by the wealth of the super rich. But let's pretend for a minute, that all that wealth was not tied up in productive industries, financial capital and government bonds (which it is of course) but that this wealth was just one huge pile of money. And lets pretend we wanted to tax the 400 mega rich people in the US with a total value of 2 Trillion US $ 100%. Take it all away from them. And distribute the money to the 50% of the American population which is considered either poor or low-income. 160 million of them. That would give each of these poor people just about 12.500 $. And then what?

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 09:52 | 4193426 edifice
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Then, within a generation, the rich would have all of their money back.  Different values, different priorities, which enable their wealth.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 14:22 | 4194189 Opinionated Ass
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Imagine there were no government, so no crony capitalists could exist. Imagine instead a private law society where every member had to respect private property rights enforced by for-profit arbitrators. People would not do business with those who had unsettled arbitration judgements against them.

In this imaginary world, each member would voluntarily trade with other members using the scarce resources owned by them, like their time and savings. Some people would become more wealthy than others due to a more efficient allocation of scarce resources and offering things to trade cheaper and better than their competitors. This is a good thing. These wealthy then would have more resources to allocate to productive ventures to satisfy even more fellow traders. This is a good thing. One of them might even undertake a very expensive risky project, like a transcontinental railway, that would bring cheap and varied consumer goods to more willing traders. This is a good thing. Another wealthy person might undertake to build under-ocean cities and perhaps lose all of his wealth on a grand failure. He would in one stroke lose his status as an allocator of scarce resources. This is a good thing too.

In conclusion, wealth is good.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 09:50 | 4193415 edifice
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Many things have survived unchanged through the Ages, namely:  Lords and Serfs.  We're all serfs, with very little chance of becoming a lord.  Cheers!

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 09:51 | 4193422 Toolshed
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The comments to the original article, if you follow the link, are much more entertaining than the article. It seems most of the readers have a rather dim view of Boris's thinking, or lack thereof.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 10:23 | 4193485 rustymason
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The British "elite" is the worst in the world, and that includes those in Central Africa. They have absolutely destroyed the UK and Ireland.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 10:27 | 4193492 rwe2late
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 If only the rich had 100% of the money,

they then could generously pay 100%

of the taxes!

 

No doubt the alleged increased percentage of (income) taxes paid by the wealthy from 1979 to present  had nothing to do with the upward concentration of wealth, and the lagging wages of workers and the under employed.

At least that is what the London mayor would have us believe, that instead it ought be attributed to the civic mindedness of the wealthy. After all, how else can overseas adventurism, heavy-handed domestic policing, and backdoor handouts to the TBTFs be afforded ?

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 10:50 | 4193532 layman_please
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the artist taxi driver OMFG!!! ÜberTroll Boris Johnson we should adore the Super-rich

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5dGRYj9JUs

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 11:06 | 4193572 csmith
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No such thing as trickle up economics. Sadly, we've replaced a dynamic wealth engine with crony rent seeking fueled by fake money. So much for safety and stability.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 11:53 | 4193747 dearth vader
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I think it ourageously funny what Boris is saying here, genuinely worth of someone who's made it to the top of the trough-slobbering officialdom of the most treacherous city of the financial world. He's a funny character, our Boris, a court jester avant la lettre. Mike Krieger totally misses the tongue-in-cheek quality of his utterings. Certainly, the super rich must know they're being had and have a good laugh over it. Why would they give a damn? A knighthood will escape him, though, as he refuses to comb his hair properly.

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 12:41 | 4193909 CPL
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Then Mr. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, wish shall be granted in a round about way.  He shall switch places with a pauper, as he claims himself a prince of men that walks with kings. 

His goal, to be rewarded by his 'rich' friends in another man's shoes.  Let him count his fair weather friends afterwards on a freaky friday.

<jazz hands>

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98AJUj-qxHI

...hey this is not my beautiful wife!

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 18:27 | 4195098 theprofromdover
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as Solon also pointed out to Croesus, you may have had a very good eduation and have read the first few pages of the classics, but you are still a repellent toady of the first degree.

Thu, 11/28/2013 - 14:01 | 4197118 PT
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Re "We should thank the super rich" :

That's why they are super rich.  We have already "thanked" them in the most sincerest way possible - with our wallets.  No need to thank them twice.

Errr, that's the theory.  Reality may differ. 

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