Re: Social state or return to the past?, Volume 12, Number 30, August 7-August 13
The flat-tax wasn't so much the product of a Tatra Tiger as an easy measure to make money for one section of Slovak society. Most of the rest of Europe have more sophisticated tax regimes that tend to benefit everyone, imperfect though they are.
Right-wing economists and politicians saw Slovakia as the weak link they could use to change the character of society. Not in any small way, but to substantially change it back to the unjust economic models seen in Europe centuries ago, and nowadays in several third-world countries.
This leads to increased strife and conflict, and the reaction of the Slovak electorate in the last election is the first expression of that.
14. Aug 2006 at 0:00