‘This is about saving capitalism’: the Dutch historian who savaged Davos elite

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Rutger Bregman never intended to take billionaires to task over tax at World Economic Forum

  • Larry Elliott
  • The Guardian

Rutger Bregman had not really intended to stick it to the global elite. He never meant to have a pop at the idea that inequality could be solved by philanthropy or inviting Bono to Davos.

But when the Dutch historian decided to go off-piste at the World Economic Forum and tell the assembled billionaires they should stop avoiding paying tax, he became an overnight social media sensation.

“It’s been a crazy week and just for stating the obvious,” said Bregman, when asked about a panel discussion at the…

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