You may have seen clips of the Dutch history, Rutger Bregman, who spoke truth to power at Davos.
Tucker Carlson apparently thought this would fit well this his brand of sticking up for the little guy against the elites, so invited him on his show, as described by TV critic Erik Wemple.
But, oh, did it ever go wrong for Tucker.
So much so that he decided not to air it.
So Bregman did.
(For the record, I think Bregman needs to put less emphasis on sky-high nominal tax rates, which the rich and corporations have traditionally spent a lot of time and money to avoid actually paying, and more emphasis on closing the loopholes and tax havens and generation-skipping trusts, etc., etc., that allow them to pay much less than the nominal rate. Better, in my view, fairly steep rates that can’t be avoided than confiscatory rates that won;t in fact be paid. Still, the overall point he made it Davos — here, in 60 seconds — clearly struck a nerve, and led to the Carlson interview.)
It’s really not possible, I think, to listen to his accounts of busting the Russian mafia, reacting to 9/11, overseeing the Boston Marathon bombing, investigating the Clinton emails — everything he’s done in his life and how and why he’s done it — and imagine that he’s anything but the best America has to offer. Honest, brave, and in it for all the right reasons. I’m not sure how you can say that about the Trumps and the Manaforts, the Michael Cohens and Roger Stones, the Flynns and the Zinkes — and on and on. Wilbur Ross? Tom Price? And wait til you read about Jeff Sessions.
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