Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston - Page 89-102 Summary & Analysis

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WORKERS' CONTROL, TAXES, AND JOBS IN ECOTOPIA

Weston asks a politician if the Ecotopian government is socialist. The politician politely lectures Weston on what he sees as the American confusion. According to this man, Ecotopian government is a mix, much like American government, but with the obvious ecological priorities much higher on the list. He tells Weston that the government takeover of businesses was an unavoidable response to many of the wealthy business owners fleeing the country right after Independence.

Weston then asks where the government gets its funding, as all taxes as we know them were abolished soon after Independence. The man tells Weston that no one can inherit land anymore and that it all goes to the government. He also tells Weston that while there no personal income or property or sales tax anymore, there are some corporate tax laws that seem to...

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