‘This is not rocket science’: Historian tells billionaires at Davos to pay fair share of tax

Historian Rutger Bregman visited Davos and did not hold back on his thoughts about the super rich. He called out ‘stupid philanthropy schemes’

Bregman said that the real issue that needs tackling to make a fairer playing field is tax avoidance.

He said: ‘We can invite Bono once more but come on we’ve got to be talking about taxes … all the rest is bullshit in my opinion,’ he says.

Bregaman said he feels like he’s ‘at a firefighters conference and no one’s allowed to speak about water’

“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.”

We shouldn’t laud rich people who pay tax – we should shame those who don’t


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