Swiss Bank Accounts
This small article in the Washington Post brings yet another angle to the economic crisis that the US is facing. Hopefully, part of the money salvaged from these accounts can reduce the bailout money put up by taxpayers.
According to Transparency International, an anti-corruption agency, the estimated value of Indian individuals' worth of "funds" stashed away in Swiss Banks are to the tune of over $ Trillion. It is not surprising that the poor and rich divide has increased in the past few decades.
Reading these articles makes me wonder what anyone can DO with these "ill gotten" wealth? We all have an expiration date invisibly stamped on us. So, we cannot carry any material wealth along with us. The Reliance story is one of many that shows how money, left behind, creates schisms amongst the most cordial of relations.
Why, then, the insecurity of wanting to stash funds away for whatever purpose? Like the story of Tolstoy reminds us, at the end of the day, all we need is 6 feet of land (not even that if you are cremated!).
I sincerely hope that people who have these mysterious accounts put that money in circulation. If auction houses like Christie's existence are to be validated, many of these account holders use grand sums to buy art and such that have very little value in the "real" world and are "dead" investments. A vacation, on the other hand, would help support the tourism business including travel, stay, food and other activities.
Sometimes, when I see the pro-rich agendas of law and policies, I wonder if it is not a bad idea to ensure the demise of the poor by starving them or working them to death and the few remaining rich can have the earth to themselves- It sounds like a good plan. A perfect epilogue to the small-scale genocides we are reading about world-wide. And someone like me will not be there to write such a blog either!
Swiss Bank Accounts
- » Published on November 12, 2008
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