Dutch historian and De Correspondent journalist Rutger Bregman didn’t expect to blast global elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. But after days of listening to billionaire speakers promoting philanthropy schemes as a solution for world inequality, he couldn’t take it anymore.
“We’ve got to be talking about taxes,” he declared. “That’s it, taxes, taxes, taxes.”
Shutting down tax avoidance schemes and forcing the wealthy to pay more in taxes is the only real solution to the problems that plague the world, he said — but the uber rich who swooped into town in their private jets didn’t even want to talk about it.
“It feels like I’m at a firefighters conference, and no one is allowed to speak about water.”
The ICIJ sat down with Bregman to talk tax hikes on the super-rich and his infamous run-in with American conservative television personality Tucker Carlson.
The interview has been edited for clarity and length.
Read the interview here: ‘You have a wallet, right?’: Rutger Bregman on his Davos moment, and taxation ‘hypocrisy’ – ICIJ