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When the Dutch historian Rutger Bregman went on stage at a World Economic Forum event in Davos this year it was as a relatively obscure author. He used his appearance to call for a proper discussion of tax and launched a tirade against what he saw as hypocritical discussions about inequality.

Bregman’s angry outburst quickly went viral, with the video being watched tens of millions of times, on the back of which he made a series of media appearances in which he continued to enhance his reputation for blunt speaking.

He tells Anushka Asthana about the ideas in his book Utopia for Realists, including a universal basic income, a 15-hour working week and open international borders.

Also today, the journalist J Oliver Conroy reflects on the first anniversary of the death of the environmental campaigner David Buckel.

The historian Rutger Bregman in Davos

Photograph: YouTube/World Economic Forum

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