Rutger Bregman

Rutger Bregman

@rcbregman

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Historian. Author of 'Utopia for Realists'. I write for @The_Corres, an independent, inclusive, ad-free journalism platform.

Joined on October 09, 2010

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Quoted @HuffPost

“You are a millionaire funded by billionaires, that’s what you are... You’re part of the problem,” historian Rutger Bregman can be heard saying of Tucker Carlson in a NowThis video. http://huffp.st/XILyLQM 

If anyone wonders who funds my work, that's The Correspondent. A grassroots, reader-funded platform for investigative journalism. Will start publishing in English in September of this year. https://thecorrespondent.com  @The_Corres

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Just finished THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH by @dwallacewells. Everyone, everywhere, should read it. Can’t remember the last time a book had such an impact on me.

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Quoted @afneil

US media fawned over R Bregman. He should’ve known @bbcthisweek doesn’t do fawning. We asked some pertinent questions. He didn’t know answers. Embarrassed, he’s now lashing out. Ho hum. But for man who’s made his name with “taxes, taxes, taxes”, his knowledge of taxes seems thin. https://twitter.com/jecleach/status/1109017383916785664 …

Uh, I tried to explain three times how high top marginal tax rates actually work (as a maximum salary) while you kept repeating ‘but almost no one paid them’. That is the point, dummy. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/opinion/ocasio-cortez-taxes.amp.html …

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Quoted @rcbregman

1. Last night, I was invited to be on the BBC show ‘This Week’. I thought that Davos was a bewildering experience, but this beat everything.

A reminder that the UK broadcast media, BBC included, is profoundly anti-intellectual and hostile to challenge, and that THIS IS NOT NORMAL. Even in the US, you can get much more intelligent engagement on TV, let alone in the rest of Europe.

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11. And to clarify - I think my politics are quite different from those of @novaramedia. I'm not a fan of Corbyn, absolutely don't identify as a 'communist' (trying to save capitalism instead...) etc. But they actually read the book, can't say that of many other UK journalists.

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10. The good news: there are new media in the UK filling the gap. Smartest questions (and best criticisms) I got this week were from Aaron Bastani of @novaramedia - a tiny startup with really smart, young journalists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSzhg0bJnLo&t=527s … [the end]

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9. Many are not really engaging with the questions. For example, compare this interview I did with the genuinely curious Trevor Noah in the U.S (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNalEtaaBE4 …), with this interview on BBC Newsnight (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1948640975365363 …).

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8. This was the worst experience I’ve had with UK media, but after quite a few interviews in different countries, I think I can say that, on average, British journalists are the least curious of all. So often, being ‘critical’ is just a pose.

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7. They make up facts about inequality (‘hasn’t grown’) and the economy (‘never been better’). They change the subject every 10 seconds. They hardly let you finish a sentence. Then it’s over.

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6. The show starts. They play the badly edited video, after which three right-wing dinosaurs - two of them politicians from the Stone Age - start teaming up on you. Clearly, not one of them has read a page of your book.

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5. When you arrive at the studio, you quickly find out that nobody has actually read your book. The producer, the presenter - they all couldn’t care less. They don’t even have a copy.

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4. Producer: ‘Yes, we want to get into that. But what do you think about Brexit?’ A couple of hours before the show, they want you to do a video of 2 minutes in which you have to summarise all your ideas. (‘And can you say something about Brexit please?’).

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3. Then they ask: ‘Can you make a statement about the European Union?’ 
Me: ‘No. That’s not my expertise.’ 
 Producer: ‘Can you say something about the terrorist attack in Utrecht?’
 Me: ‘No, that’s not my expertise. Didn’t you invite me to talk about my book?’

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2. A bit more background on how incredibly stupid the show really is. First they invite you to talk about your book, and pretend to be really interested in your ideas.

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1. Last night, I was invited to be on the BBC show ‘This Week’. I thought that Davos was a bewildering experience, but this beat everything.

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Replying to @rcbregman @bbcthisweek

@afneil: What gd is a 90% marginal rate when nobody paid? @rcbregman: Well it works as a max salary But it didn't work? It worked as a max salary What's the point if nobody pays? It works as a max salary But they didn't give 90% to the taxman Exactly, it works as a max salary!

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Quoted @wilsonp911

The sight of 3 old dudes on live television just being smugly defensive when a younger person is trying to get them to think a bit differently about politics is hilariously depressing #bbctw

So I was on @bbcthisweek tonight. What a bizarre experience. Three dinosaurs teaming up on me, changing the subject every 10 seconds, saying inequality hasn't gone up since Thatcher. As they say in academia: 'Science advances one funeral at a time.' The show stops in July.

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"The most irresponsible thing right now is to be a moderate".

In an era of climate change, ageing and resource shortages I couldn't agree more with you @rcbregman

"The most irresponsible thing right now is to be a moderate". In an era of climate change, ageing and resource shortages I couldn't agree more with you @rcbregman

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Dutch historian Rutger Bregman @rcbregman (he of Davos fame) will talk about the 'new politics' sweeping Europe, and new ideas, in the #bbctw take of the week film -  before he joins @afneil and the panel in the studio

@BBCOne Thu 11.35pm

Dutch historian Rutger Bregman @rcbregman (he of Davos fame) will talk about the 'new politics' sweeping Europe, and new ideas, in the #bbctw take of the week film - before he joins @afneil and the panel in the studio @BBCOne Thu 11.35pm

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Quoted @rcbregman

1. So I was on the Jeremy Vine (BBC) show today. They had me debate this think tank guy, Mark Littlewood from the 'Institute of Economic Affairs'. Sounds very prestigious, eh?

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Quoted @BertoJimenezJr

@rcbregman bought and read your book. How else can we contribute to your work?

Join The Correspondent! I would have been nowhere without their support. And the platform is expanding into English in September of this year. https://thecorrespondent.com/ 

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