Hot or not?

April 11, 2008 3:57 PM

We've always known that, for some people at least, high taxes are motivated by a degree of envy. The unpleasant motive of wanting to bring down the successful rears its ugly head regularly, all too often translated by the law of unintended consequences into something that harms the poor. One Argentinian campaigner has apparently taken it extremely literally, though.


Yes, Gonzalo Otalora wants to tax attractive people, with the proceeds going into the pockets of the ugly. Aside from the innumerable practical problems (and the questionable social benefit of incentivising people to be really, really minging) it is notable that Mr Otalora seems to have developed the only tax that people may insist they ought to be paying more of. "Dear HMRC, You seem to have overlooked how hot I am. Please recalculate my bill upwards..."

We've always known that, for some people at least, high taxes are motivated by a degree of envy. The unpleasant motive of wanting to bring down the successful rears its ugly head regularly, all too often translated by the law of unintended consequences into something that harms the poor. One Argentinian campaigner has apparently taken it extremely literally, though.


Yes, Gonzalo Otalora wants to tax attractive people, with the proceeds going into the pockets of the ugly. Aside from the innumerable practical problems (and the questionable social benefit of incentivising people to be really, really minging) it is notable that Mr Otalora seems to have developed the only tax that people may insist they ought to be paying more of. "Dear HMRC, You seem to have overlooked how hot I am. Please recalculate my bill upwards..."

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