Google is the company recently branded evil
by British politician Margaret Hodge
because it didn't - in her humble opinion - pay its fair share
of UK taxes, taxes which help pay her salary. This is a widely held misconception, and one that plays well with those on low incomes and no incomes, not to mention the loonies of the anti-capitalist left. We will return to this shortly, but in the meantime, let's take a look at Mr Brin and his nefarious activities.
Sergey Brin was born in Moscow, although you wouldn't think so from his accent
Unlike the banksters, hedge fund managers and other financial parasites whose investment practices are really akin to gambling, Brin put his money on the line to attempt to develop a new technology that may indeed will help to feed a growing world population. The first results brought mixed reviews
, but the important thing is the cost. This synthetic meat is said to have cost around $330,000 to develop. Although this is a considerable sum even for most businessmen, it is a drop in the ocean for a government, which begs the question why has no government apparently done something like this before? If instead of investing this money in a venture that may have left him with egg on his face rather than a burger on his plate, Mr Brin had given it to the British Government, it would simply have disappeared into the black hole of of HM Treasury. Good thing he didn't.
His and Google's many other projects include developing kite energy systems as explained in this short video
While these investments may or may not produce a return, his other interests include donating to The Michael J. Fox Foundation
, and transforming his neighborhood
through his real estate company.
So what do the comrades think of Sergey Brin? Well, we know what they think of his company: capitalist parasites
. They should be taxed, taxed and taxed again. Which would reduce if not destroy the company's ability to invest, and the will of its owners to do so.
Anyone who uses Google's free search engine, free e-mail and free everything else should beg to differ, and that certainly includes many self-professed socialists, and if not Margaret Hodge then just as certainly many members of the British Government and establishment. Perhaps these people should learn to think before they open their mouths, or better still, perhaps they should keep their daft ideas to themselves.