Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Chapter XVIII, Section 3
"...Washington had no state income tax yet. That had been one strong reason among many for moving to Seattle." (p. 374)
No state income tax in Washington so move to Seattle? I don't quite follow that one.
(For a few years, the comic book character, Green Arrow, eschewing fictional locations like Metropolis, Gotham City and his own original Star City, lived in Seattle with its distinctive skyline - the Emerald Archer in the Emerald City.)
Hanno, a millionaire in 1975, thinks that he should pay only enough tax for his country's maintenance and defense whereas his fellow immortal, Wanderer, thinks that a government response is necessary to "...human needs, threatened biosphere, scientific mysteries..." (ibid.)
As ever, Anderson shows reasoned disagreements between his characters as well as, usually, making clear which side he favors.
I agree with Wanderer while also thinking that the issue warrants discussion that would be too lengthy for this breakfast post. The wealth-poverty gap is too wide, international cooperation is necessary for scientific research and the threat to life on Earth is urgent. Cinema superheroes regularly avert global threats while we seem to have our own such threat due before the end of this century.