The Panama Papers demonstrated that the superrich hide their wealth from the rest of us. Dirty Secrets shows that this was t by accident, but by design. It was the result of a powerful alliance of the wealthy, their advisers and the state that has undermined all attempts to solve the tax haven problem. This is because tax havens are the unackwledged heart of globalized capitalism. Their purpose is to provide freedom from regulation. The exponents say this makes markets work and so we all gain. But this argument has w failed. Furthermore democracy itself is being threatened by the political fallout from the mistrust this regime has created. The result is that tax havens are w a threat to the very system that supposedly spawned it. Dirty Secrets is the most revelatory examination of the crisis by a leading expert, but also offers solutions on how governments can regulate havens and what the world might look like without them.
Richard Murphy is a UK chartered accountant. He was senior partner of a practicing firm and director of a number of entrepreneurial companies before becoming one of the founders of the Tax Justice Network in 2003. He now directs Tax Research UK and writes, broadcasts and blogs extensively. He has been described as the architect of 'Corbynomics' as part of the Corbyn campaign for leadership of the labour party. In 2015 he became Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University, London. He is joint author of Tax Havens, The True Story of Globalisation. He has also written The Courageous State and The Joy of Tax.