The coming robot apocalypse
Posted Sep 13, 2012 9:47 UTC (Thu) by tnoo
In reply to: The coming robot apocalypse
Parent article: The coming robot apocalypse
> There has been discussion about replacing this system with a flat tax
> instead, which does not fix all of the problems but would at least be
> slightly less unfair.
Similar to what Switzerland intends to introduce for radio and TV. Since almost every electronic device could receive radio in principle, everybody owning such a device has to pay a fixed amount per year (as if one buys a computer to listen to Swiss National Radio!). This system is problematic, and will presumably changed, such that everybody will be required to pay a fixed "tax" for radio and TV, irrespective of usage.
Both solutions are bad IMHO, and this is only for "national" broadcasting companies. A flat rate for content amounts to a tax, to be paid to privately owned companies, irrespective of the quality or success of their products in the market.
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