Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Robin Hood tax and political debate

I genuinely find the lack of willingness of those who believe in free trade and open markets to engage in public policy debates depressing. Where are the people arguing against Fair Trade and similar well-meaning but misguided nonsense? Come on, people, why do we continually have to defend and explain our views as if we are the ones with the guilty secrets?

Billy Bragg's recent campaign for a Robin Hood tax is really quite a bad idea, the reasons for which I won't rehash here. However, since it's quite a compelling idea on the face of it, it has wide popular support, where wide popular support is interpreted to mean clicked a couple of links on Facebook.

Anyway, to address the balance, here is a Facebook group for free trade slacktivists to join and maybe even make up some of the running...

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