The limits of citizenship

Source: CounterPunch
by Julian Vigo

"In January 2013 after a lengthy dispute with the French government over taxes on the wealthy, Gerard Depardieu famously invoked rage amongst some of his fellow French nationals when he first moved to Belgium and then dropped his French citizenship for a Russian passport. More specifically, Depardieu's departure was in defiance of President Francois Hollande's Socialist party which imposes a 75 percent tax rate on incomes above one million Euros ($1.3 million). This move divided France as many celebrities lined up to critique Depardieu, there were just as many who defended his actions. Since then, there has been a media focus upon such cases where taxes have become the primary reason for people to drop their citizenship in one country in favour of another. And today the country which is forcefully going after its citizens who live abroad is the United States, one of only two countries in the world which has citizenship-based taxation. The only other country that has citizenship-based taxation is Eritrea." (03/20/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/20/the-limits-of-citizenship/