Fox Business host Neil Cavuto engaged a scholar in earnest Socratic dialogue Thursday.
Keely Mullen is a national organizer for #MillionStudentMarch, a movement that demands "tuition-free public college, cancellation of all student debt, and a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers" in response to the crisis caused by rapacious corporate education.
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"#MillionStudentMarch is a movement for a more equitable and fair system of education as opposed to the really corporate model we have right now," Mullen said.
Cavuto asked how #MillionStudentMarch's agenda would be financed.
"Great question, I mean, you know, so—I'm not sure if you're talking about a national level or per school?" Mullen said.
When pressed, Mullen said that the top one percent of earners needed to pay tax rates upwards of 90 percent, a rate 10 percentage points higher than that proposed by socialist Thomas Piketty. Mullen said it was worth it.
"I live in a world and I see a system around me where there is a population that is doing nothing to contribute to the progression of society," Mullen said, referring to the freeloaders at the top who pay more in taxes than the bottom 90 percent of earners combined.
When Cavuto pointed out that even a 100 percent tax on the top one percent of income earners would be insufficient to fund Medicare for three years, much less free college tuition and a $15 minimum wage, Mullen delivered a devastating rebuttal.
"Yeah, I don't believe that," Mullen said.
In a rare point of agreement, Mullen and Cavuto said that rich Fox Business Network anchors were unlikely to sign up for 90 percent tax rates.
"You know, people in your position, you know, don't want to pay 90 percent in taxes, because—" Mullen said.
"I dare say unless you're high as a kite you wouldn't volunteer to pay 90 percent," Cavuto said.
Mullen said that capital flight could be avoided by holding the rich "accountable."
"Those people need to be accountable," Mullen said about high earners in Greece who fled high tax rates imposed by Syriza.