Several years ago, we suddenly realized that things can be changed. Others also became aware of this possibility.

We have been concretely putting our initiative into practice for about six months now, and as the weeks go by we come into contact with different people, who enrich our journey. Listening and dialoguing are fundamentals of humanitarian initiatives, and so they should be, more generally, of our (human) relationship with the world, a word that has different meanings in different mouths and different imaginations.

With Tax for Humanity, we have chosen to focus on collective care and help for the millions of people who are at risk of dying each year from malnutrition and easily treatable diseases, as well as from political, ethnic, sexual or religious discrimination. We believe that the “non-derogable duties of political, economic and social solidarity,” proclaimed in Article 2 of the Italian Constitution, should also apply beyond our borders. And we are convinced that these duties can be translated into tangible help from the citizens of high-income democratic countries to those in low-income countries or dictatorial countries, who are in danger of dying from avoidable causes. We are particularly proud of the transnational and, in the philosophical term, “cosmopolitan” nature of our initiative – its reaching, that is, beyond the borders of a specific country or group of countries.

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We are also aware that effective implementation of our proposal will require the involvement of experts in various fields, from economics to law, from nutrition to medicine. Indeed, it will be essential to identify, through ad hoc studies, national or international organizations with a proven record of reliability, to prevent the funds raised from falling into the wrong hands.

This presentation aims to establish our proposal within the vast network of initiatives that are emerging in this historical period and that we feel are complementary to Tax for Humanity. We think, for example, of The cost of extreme wealth, an initiative promoted by very wealthy people, who at the World Economic Forum in Davos sent an open letter to the leaders of a number of countries asking to be taxed more by their respective tax systems, or the Tax the Rich initiative, which calls on the European Commission to introduce a tax on the very rich whose proceeds would be used to combat climate change and inequality.

At Tax for Humanity, we recognize that the plight of millions of men, women and children on a global scale often depends on the human effect on the environment, and that climate change is part of the problem in a systemic way: migration for environmental causes is a great evidence of this. In this respect, our team shares not only the method but also the goals of initiatives such as Tax the Rich and The Cost of Extreme Wealth, which we see as allies and not competitors. Indeed, we are convinced that the instrument of taxation is the most robust way to ensure tangible help for those who are suffering.

We stress, however, that redistribution of wealth is not enough if implemented within individual states, or groups of states, which are already rich. That is why we invite our fellow organizations to consider adopting, as we do, a transnational and cosmopolitan perspective, which provides for concrete help also for those who are outside “our” borders and risk losing their lives from avoidable causes.

24 October 2023

Tax for Humanity