The excesses of Romanticism, which sometimes arrive in a political and economic system as Socialism, should scare the jesus out of the establishment, particularly if they make a lot of money. In France, those high wage earners are indeed becoming quite nervous. Socialist President Francois Hollande has proposed a 75% tax rate on the residents with income over a million Euros.
THE NEW YORK TIMES reports that, as a contingency plan, some are considering leaving France. For example, chief executive officers are on the phones with their lawyers, investigating their options.
That's France. The issue is if such a romantic gesture could happen in the U.S. Could those in the 1% and even lower down the food chain get hit with the kind of taxation that could radically change their lifestyles? Such a concern might motivate conservatives to provide more political donations, media coverage, and performance art at rallies and the coming RNC convention to get Mitt Romney elected.
Revolutionary movements are contagious. That's because they are fun. The nobodies like myself get to feel like somebodies. We all get to appear on the stage, often captured by the media, without having to audition for a part. During the Counterculture of the late 1960s and 1970s I was a star on about four streets in university town Ann Arbor, Michigan and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C.