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16 mins | May 13, 2020

Meet Rutger Bregman — outspoken historian and scourge of Davos

The Dutch writer on tax, our inner altruism and why big names mean so little. "Bregman is best known for upsetting the 0.1 percenters' cordiality at 2019's World Economic Forum in Davos. In an onstage outburst of Dutch frankness that went viral on social media, he said, 'I hear people talk in the language of participation and justice and equality and transparency, but then almost no one raises the real issue: tax avoidance, right? . . . It feels like I'm at a firefighters' conference and no one's allowed to speak about water.'" Simon Kuper interviews author Rutger Bregman ahead of the release of his book Humankind.

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