Breakout Room, Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Trinity Community Arts Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol, BS2 0NW
It is common for people who object to State services and social security payments being reduced to point an outraged finger at the tax arrangements of Google or Facebook. While we agree with opposing the ongoing programme of impoverishment, we think such calls for tax justice are not helpful. In this workshop we want to discuss what taxes are and what they teach us about the nature of the State and this society. Based on that we want to present our critique of tax justice campaigns and why instead of offering a way out of socially produced poverty, their success depends on it: taxing successful capitalist corporations presupposes their success.