What worries me most about economic globalization: It increases the pressure for global government. Writing at the Brussels Journal Dr. Richard W. Rahn, Director General of the Center for Global Economic Growth, reports on efforts by the OECD to create an international system of tax collection enforcement.
Do you think the Internal Revenue Service should have the right to share your tax information with foreign governments -- even ones run by thugs and those that engage in human rights abuses and/or suppress freedom in their countries?
A meeting was held in Mexico City last week under the auspices of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), whose implicit goal is to create a global high-tax cartel.
It claims to be in favor of "transparency" and "global economic growth." However, as with many domestic and international government organizations, the OECD's actions are often contrary to its words.
In order to create a global tax cartel, the OECD needs to have tax information shared among nations -- which means that the citizen of any country that signs on to this scheme may have his or her tax information shared with other member jurisdictions.
The European Union especially would like a global tax cartel so that its higher taxes do not drive businesses and people to lower tax countries. America's Left is on board because the Left would like to implement a Value Added Tax (VAT) that would enable the US government's cut of the US economy to rise to European levels of fleecing.
Does the OECD tolerate free speech, dissent, and the quiet exchange of opposing views outside of their meetings? Nope.
The Center for Freedom and Prosperity sent a delegation to the Mexico City meeting. It included my colleague Daniel J. Mitchell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Mr. Mitchell has written extensively on the importance of global tax competition, which is needed for economic growth, the preservation of human rights and civil societies.
Mr. Mitchell was there to provide intellectual support to smaller, low-tax jurisdictions, which were trying to protect their tax sovereignty, and also to report on the meeting.
The international bureaucrats who run the OECD's Fiscal Affairs Committee managed to persuade a hotel to cancel Mr. Mitchell's reservations and then tried to get him thrown out of the public lobby of the hotel where the meeting was held -- as he was quietly talking with delegations from lower-tax jurisdictions and the press. Fortunately, when Mr. Mitchell and members of the press objected to the bullying tactics of the OECD officials, he finally was allowed to stay.
What globalization means to me: Oppression and no place to run to.
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