- The Washington Times - Friday, January 24, 2020

Global champions of high taxation officially have actor Simon Pegg in their corner.

The actor and “Mission Impossible” mainstay has allied with activists at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, by signing the “Millionaires Against Pitchforks” letter.

Moneyed men and women from around the globe signed the letter, which asserts that “most reasonable” people understand the need for “higher and fairer” taxes.

Signatories assert that dissenters are literally a threat to “climate” and civil society as a whole.

“There are two kinds of wealthy people in the world: those who prefer taxes and those who prefer pitchforks. We, the undersigned, prefer taxes,” the letter states. “We urge you to step forward now — before it’s too late — to demand higher and fairer taxes on millionaires and billionaires within your own countries and to help prevent individual and corporate tax avoidance and evasion through international tax reform efforts.

“Despite vocal protests to the contrary, most reasonable people understand that philanthropy has always been, and always will be, an inadequate substitute for government investment,” the letter continues. “Taxes are the best and only appropriate way to ensure adequate investment in the things our societies need. Individuals who reject this truth pose a dual threat both to the climate and to democracy itself, as those seeking to avoid their tax responsibilities are often the same ones manipulating governments and democratic processes around the world for their own gain.”

Mr. Pegg then took to Times of London to further expand on his position, Breitbart reported.

“Inequality is not inevitable, it’s a policy choice,” he wrote Thursday. “It’s the product of governments passing policies that favor the very wealthy at the expense of the less fortunate.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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