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De Geus was a communist

11 November 2006 – As a schoolboy, Minister of Social Affairs Aart Jan de Geus was ‘totally communist’. “I even found that people who do pleasant work should be paid less”, he said last night at the launch of the book Gelijk (Equal) at de Balie.

Professor Kees Schuyt said that the members of the higher classes tend to overestimate how much they have contributed to their own success. The surgeon thinks that he has earned his position by his own efforts, while in reality his social background plays an important role.

Because of the current emphasis on personal responsibility, striving for equality is out of fashion. The authors of Gelijk think that there should be a renewed effort to ensure that people get equal opportunities in life.

Unfortunately, the debate about the publication was a bit disappointing. De Geus has something of a talent for making discussions boring. Schuyt constantly wandered off the subject, making the audience guess what exactly his point was.

Professor Paul de Beer did make an attempt to focus the debate by criticising the shamelessness of CEOs who receive excessive incomes. De Beer wants to raise taxes for the highest incomes. Also, workers should have a greater say in their bosses’ incomes.

Implicitly, he was targeting De Geus. As a minister, he has complained about the ‘enormous income raises at the top’, but he has subsequently done next to nothing to change this.

Last night, De Geus got away too easily by hiding behind the current leader of the Social-Democrats, Wouter Bos, who co-authored today’s tax system. Bos has lowered the highest income tax rate from 60% to 52%, which amounted to ‘giving away a minimum wage’ to people who earn 200,000 euro, De Geus said.

Paul de Beer, Jelle van der Meer and Pieter Pekelharing (red), Gelijk. Over de noodzakelijke terugkeer van een klassiek ideaal. Van Gennep, 16 euro. This entire weekend, de Balie focuses on equality with a programme that includes art and debate (mostly in Dutch)


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