Your UN: Tax Proliferators for the Planet

Another intriguing aspect of this report is its over-riding interest in finding ways to acquire money. The "poor" appear here as something of an afterthought, as the unnamed UN authors of this report note that there is of course the difficulty of finding the best ways to spend all this money they propose to tax away from the "donor" sources of the planet. But the big concern here is how to raise enormous sums of money. Then they can buckle down to the job of spending it.

This report was generated by the same Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) within the UN Secretariat that housed the core planning group -- a secretariat within the secretariat -- for the Rio+20 conference the UN convened just last month in Brazil. Given the vast scope of the Rio+ ambitions, that conference by some accounts bombed; nonetheless, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded to the event by pledging another $2 billion in U.S. handouts for aid, and the UN bureaucracy profited at least to the extent of enjoying lavish trips to Rio, and the chance to generate plans for yet more conferences, and yet more tax proposals.

All this has almost nothing to do with the poor, for whom the real solutions lie in the direction of liberty, embodied in decent rule of law combined with free markets.  But those ideas, when put into practice, merely allow poor people to get rich; they don't raise money for the UN. So, on we go -- another season, another UN report on, as this one puts it, "the potential of innovative development financing." It's all about the money. Your money.