Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Your Heroic Historians Update

Dutch historian Rutger Bregman went to the World Economic Summit at Davos and asked the assembled billionaires why none of their conversations about making the world a better place involved raising taxes on rich people.
“I hear people talking the language of participation, justice, equality and transparency but almost no one raises the real issue of tax avoidance, right? And of the rich just not paying their fair share. It feels like I’m at a firefighters conference and no one’s allowed to speak about water.”
Update, February 1.  I'm hero-worshipping this guy more and more, as I read his biography.  Thirtish, a child of the great recession of 2008, studied history at university but found it too "cloistered." Turned to journalism that allowed him time to think and write, wrote a book called Utopia for Realists that got him invited to Davos, only discovered when he was there that he had to call all these billionaires to account.
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