The Taxcast is a monthly podcast/radio show from the Tax Justice Network sizzling with the latest developments in the corrupt world of tax havens, financial secrecy and tax dodging. We explore these most challenging ethical and economic issues of our times, with transformational economic analysis you won’t hear anywhere else.
Jersey's Pandora's Boxes
In edition 117 we take you to the tax haven of Jersey off the coast of France and the intruiging story of the discovery of 333 boxes of incriminating evidence of fraud. Those boxes have revealed some ugly truths about this small island tax haven that affect us all.
The transcript is available here (some is automated and may not be 100% accurate): https://taxjustice.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/The-Taxcast_transcript_edition-117.pdf
You can hear the Taxcast edition on rising inequality and dysfunction in Jersey here: https://taxjustice.net/2019/04/26/inequality-and-dysfunction-in-the-tax-haven-of-jersey-a-taxcast-special-edition/
You can also read more about this story on the following links:
Tax Haven Ireland
In this episode: Ireland only has 0.1% of the world’s population, but they became one of the biggest tax havens on the planet. What’s that meant for Irish people, and their road ahead? Naomi Fowler speaks with authors of a new book Tax Haven Ireland.
There's a special deal for Taxcast listeners for the paperback or the ebook version, wherever you are in the world. Go to the publisher’s website, PLuto Books: https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745345314/tax-haven-ireland/ and enter the code TAX40.
Also: we discuss the latest Tax Justice Network's annual State of Tax Justice report. You can check out how your country threatens others, and/or how it suffers at the hands of other offender nations here: https://taxjustice.net/reports/the-state-of-tax-justice-2021/
Transcript of the show: https://taxjustice.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/TaxcastTranscript_Nov_21.pdf
You can read more about the finance curse here: https://taxjustice.net/topics/the-finance-curse/
The true costs of the City of London (How the City of London is making us poorer) https://taxjustice.net/2018/10/05/how-the-city-of-london-makes-us-all-poorer-infographic/
The true costs of the US finance sector is available here: Overcharged: The High Cost of High Finance https://rooseveltinstitute.org/publications/overcharged-the-high-cost-of-high-finance/
In this episode Taxcast host Naomi Fowler discusses degrowth, rethinking economies and value in part 2 of her conversation with economic anthropologist Jason Hickel.
Plus: the Pandora Papers - 3 things the latest offshore leak is showing us.
Why some countries rejected the OECD's 15% minimum global corporate tax deal
And, as COP26 begins in Scotland, it's the 'last chance saloon' to take meaningful action to minimise ecological disaster - can politicians learn from nations leading the way with good policies on energy?
A transcript is available here: https://taxjustice.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/The-Taxcast-Oct-21.pdf
You can find out more about Jason Hickel's books, Less Is More and The Divide here: https://www.jasonhickel.org/
Our website is here with more Taxcasts: https://www.thetaxcast.com
Degrowth: liberation from growthism
In this episode, Naomi Fowler explores degrowth and how we liberate ourselves from ‘growthism’ with economic anthropologist Jason Hickel. (The full converation will be released soon as a Taxcast Extra, the full thing is too good to miss!)
Plus: there can be no liberation without tackling monopoly power, or the role of finance sectors and States, investing in death and destruction across the world.
Here's our website with more Taxcasts: https://www.thetaxcast.com
The transcript is available here https://taxjustice.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Transcript_September_21_Taxcast.pdf
The People's Agreement of Cochabamba is here: https://www.climateemergencyinstitute.com/uploads/Peoples_climate_agreement.pdf
The capture of Malta and the fight for justice
This month Naomi Fowler speaks with Paul Caruana Galizia, one of the sons of Malta’s incredible investigative journalist and anti-corruption champion Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was assassinated in 2017. Paul Caruana Galizia discusses his mother's legacy, the capture of Malta through an aggressive, over-sized finance sector with financial secrecy at its heart, and his hopes for the future.
The transcript is available here: https://taxjustice.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/The-Taxcast-July-21-Transcript.pdf
As mentioned in the show, here's a video of the story of the 'firestarters of the tax justice movement' from the tax haven of Jersey: https://youtu.be/VXeLGd7ejAw
The Taxcast special on the tax haven of Jersey: https://www.taxjustice.net/2019/04/26/inequality-and-dysfunction-in-the-tax-haven-of-jersey-a-taxcast-special-edition/
The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation: https://www.daphne.foundation
Here's our website with more Taxcasts: https://www.thetaxcast.com
Taxcast Extra: The Whiteness of Wealth (2)
We’ve had the honour before on the Taxcast of speaking with law Professor Dorothy Brown in Part 1 of the Whiteness of Wealth Taxcast Extra. She’s been doing trailblazing work on systemic racism and tax justice in the United States for many years. She’s author of the seminal book ‘The Whiteness of Wealth: how the US tax system impoverishes black Americans – and how we can fix it’.
In this Taxcast Extra, you can hear Professor Brown’s keynote speech which she gave to the Tax Justice Network’s annual conference. A transcript of her edited keynote speech is available here https://taxjustice.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/TranscriptTaxcastEXtra150721.pdf
You can also hear Professor Brown in conversation with Taxcast host Naomi Fowler and polticial economist Keval Bharadia in Part 1 of the Whiteness of Wealth, in this Taxcast Extra.
You may also be interested to hear Taxcast episodes 102 and 103 where we looked at just some of the complex issues around tax and race in the US and the UK context, the roots of structural racism and the lived experiences of people of colour today as citizens, taxpayers and economic actors.
For more Taxcasts and more information, go to our website on https://www.thetaxcast.com
Consistently brilliant insights into the dark side of global capitalism
What do Google, Apple, Russian oligarchs, Goldman Sachs, Starbucks, Donald Trump and his closest associates, and Columbian drug lords all have in common? They are all major, massive users of financial secrecy--even financial invisibility cloaks--to hide, shift, game the system, and pump up their already obscene riches. And that financial secrecy is at the core of what we think of as offshore banks, shell companies, and now sneaky "trusts" to avoid both taxes and regulation, all of which cranks up our now repugnant level of social, economic inequality in America and around the world. Oh, and you are the ones who end up paying their just taxes. This podcast produced by the leading global advocates for social justice in this particular niche has become well known in progressive corners (and among their enemies) in the UK but not really very visible yet in the U.S. But this podcast offers a great introduction to what has become the newest, cutting edge of research in an incredibly important area of social justice. Once you listen its like this hidden underside of the secret system that provides the hidden power system fueling global exploitation, everything you read about politics and the economy and global inequality--even just your ideas about who are the "good guys" versus the "bad guys" in the world--it all looks completely different. Oh, great, professional production values, too. Hey, Americans, try it!
No balance to the balance sheet
Fake facts, globalist talking points and propaganda. These people love every tax and believe that a 100% marginal tax rate would be perfect. No discussions of economics, actual tax law or the theory of taxation. Totally one sided perspective where their narrative is presented as absolute fact. Nothing fair and balanced here. No discussions. No alternative perspectives. Governments are worshiped as utopian models of efficiency and effectiveness. The message is that big government has the solution to every problem and never ever makes mistakes. Governments insatiable demand for more tax revenue should never be questioned. Expected at least a hint of neutrality. Very disappointing.