Historian Rutger Bregman snubbed by Davos after rinsing billionaires over tax at last year’s summit

A HISTORIAN has been snubbed by the Davos economic summit after he savaged billionaires over tax at last year’s event.

Dutch academic Rutger Bregman did not receive an invite to this year’s World Economic Forum in Switzerland after his public rinsing of the world’s elite.

Rutger gives his speech at last year’s World Economic Forum
The author was not invited back this year
Maartje ter Horst
Trump spoke today at the summit where he bragged of America’s prosperity
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During his rousing speech, the author urged tycoons they must start talking about “taxes, taxes, taxes,” before adding: “All the rest is bullsh*t in my opinion.”

Bregman jokingly tweeted yesterday that he had not been asked to join the summit this year along with a video of his speech.

He wrote: “For some reason, I haven’t been invited to Davos this year. Was it something I said?”

This year’s forum was attended by teen activist Greta Thunberg.

She fired yet another death stare at Donald Trump as he urged world leaders to “reject prophets of doom”.

Trump declared that America is “winning again like never before” in a speech in Switzerland – and again fell victim to the teen activist’s icy glare

The president spoke of America’s burgeoning future.

‘TAXES, TAXES, TAXES’

He declared: “America’s new found prosperity is unprecedented.”

Bregman’s speech last year ridiculed millionaires and billionaires for tax avoidance.

He shot to fame over his comments after his speech went viral.

He said: “This is my first time at Davos and I find it quite a bewildering experience to be honest.

“I mean 1500 private jets have flown in her to hear Sir David Attenborough speak about how we’re wrecking the planet.

“And I hear people talking the language of participation and justice and equality and transparency, but then, I mean almost no one raises the real issue of tax avoidance, right?

“And of the rich just not paying their fair share.

“I mean, it feels like I’m at a firefighter’s conference and no one is allowed to speak about water, right?

I mean, it feels like I’m at a firefighter’s conference and no one is allowed to speak about water, right?

Rutger Bregman

 

“There was only one panel actually hidden away in the media centre that was actually about tax avoidance.

“Something needs to change here. Ten years ago the World Economic Forum asked the question, what must industry do to prevent a broad social backlash?

“The answer is very simple. Just stop talking about philanthropy and start talking about taxes.”

At the summit today, Trump appeared to take a thinly veiled swipe at Greta, and climate campaigners like her, saying: “We must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse.”

He added: “They predicted overpopulation and the end of oil. ‘We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy.”
But in echos of last year’s UN climate summit, the young climate activist locked her stare on Trump as he spoke.

She hit the headlines in September after giving the president a cold look as he arrived at the summit.

The 16-year-old then delivered an impassioned speech to world leaders, saying they had “stolen my childhood” with their “empty words”.

After the video of Trump and Greta went viral, the US President took to Twitter to describe her as a “happy young girl”.

He tweeted: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”

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