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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Billionaires Funding Millionaires RootsAction Team 2/26/2019 1:35 PM Via info=rootsaction.org
You cannot change a corrupt system by taking its money, says Sen. Bernie Sanders. That same point was made by Dutch historian Rutger Bregman recently on a Tucker Carlson segment on Fox News -- a segment that Fox refused to air. But Bregman, a critic of tax-avoiding billionaires, thankfully posted a recording of the discussion in which he accused anchors like Carlson of “being bought by the billionaire class” and of “not talking about the real issues.”
“What the Murdochs [Fox’s owners] want you to do,” said Bregman, “is scapegoat immigrants instead of talking about tax avoidance.”
Before Carlson started cursing and calling the historian a “moron,” Bregman added: “It works by you taking their dirty money. You are a millionaire funded by billionaires.”
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