United States

Tax havens are again in the spotlight. From the Summit of the G-20 in London in April 2009, has redoubled pressure on offshore financial centres, so that they relax their bank secrecy and end up with the opacity in the creation of companies, trusts and private foundations. The purpose is clear: put an end to tax evasion or if this is not achieved, frighten the most fraudsters so they repatriated capital to their countries of origin, to fill with them the empty state coffers. Some Governments, such as the Italian, even try to encourage this return of money with a tax amnesty. Let’s not kid ourselves.

However much that fills our politicians mouth slogans of social justice and the fight against poverty, the movement has little to do with these noble principles. These reasons aren’t really more than a smokescreen that is winning popular support for the cause and disguise it in reality is not more than a covert war for control of the capital in the world. Nobody seems to bother you for example in United States or England, there are types of businesses that can be used by the not redientes as genuine offshore corporations, trust managers, the so-called men of straw, included. Nor that the American banks are deposited millions of dollars that are free from deductions because they belong to foreigners living outside the country, which the vast majority do not declare them at their place of residence. Finally and after is simple and interesting to take away the bread to small and helpless islands of the Caribbean, still dragged fame accumulated during decades of being destined for money-laundering centers. Anything goes in order to meet economic goals and incidentally get the applause of the critical sectors of left-wingers, who then unloaded its fury over this new common enemy, rather than rise up against the real culprits of the crisis and asking for an end of the neoliberal system.