[extropy-chat] Being alive timing [was: Stardust at Home]

Dirk Bruere dirk.bruere at gmail.com
Wed Jan 25 10:27:14 UTC 2006

On 1/25/06, spike <spike66 at comcast.net> wrote:
> > >A quick glance at The World Fact Book (for the World
> > statistics) and use of the google calculator ...
> > reveals that the average person in the world
> > is living on ~$18/day...
> But how can we know?  In many African nations, there is
> an income tax in the 30% range that kicks in at an
> annual income of 400 dollars.  We can be sure that if
> there is any way to hide income, they will.  There
> can be plenty of trade that goes on which is not subject
> to either sales tax or income tax, because it is intentionally
> invisible.  In places where governments take poor people's
> money, there are plenty of poor people.

$18 a day is a meaningless figure.
It needs to be corrected for Purchasing Power Parity.
$18 goes a *lot* further in Chad than in Japan.

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