Monday, March 20, 2017

Reader's Diary #1561- Astrid Lindgren: Pomperipossa in Monismania


Revolver is often cited as the best Beatles album of all time, sometimes the best album of all time by anyone. It is ruined, however, by the opening track, "Taxman." Rich people complaining about paying taxes. Great riff or not, it's hard for me to get beyond that.

In "Pomperipossa in Monismania," Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish writer who was raking in the money from her Pippi Longstocking fame, however, made a better, and much more sympathetic case against her country's then marginal tax code which could result in independent business owners paying 102%.

Thinly disguised as a fairy tale, it's really not much more subtle than "Taxman" but there is at least a respectful acknowledgement of the role taxes pay in society. And 102% is outrageous.

It's a lightly humorous tale, perhaps made funnier because it so transparent.

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