Perhaps what’s missing from the debate about taxing the rich is a dimension that examines ways of encouraging the wealthy to lavish their money on things more worthwhile than FSTE shares or offshore bank accounts. Perhaps it would be a good idea to offer tax breaks for investment in skilled craft, for example, whether as an individual investment or as part of, say, a building project that included the input of stonemasons rather than cladding-panel manufacturers, or commissioned the integral inclusion of unique and artistically valuable features.
I realise that the idea of bribing the wealthy to surround themselves with lovely, valuable things sounds hard to take. But it’s the making of lovely, valuable things rather than the owning of them, that is really important to humans and humanity.
It’s the back breaking, the sweat, that is important, not the product of it?
Why don’t we ban tractors and go back to hand hoeing the wheat crop then? Would certainly make terribly “artisanal” bread, wouldn’t it?