Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There
We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, when technology and so-called progress have made us richer but more uncertain than ever before. We have questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party is providing us with the answers.
We need a new movement. One defined by a political outsider, the voice of a generation, one who doesn't harness rage or agitate grievances but who instead provides us with the clear and convincing answers for which we've been looking. Rutger Bregman is that voice.
From a fifteen-hour week to a universal basic income, from open borders to getting rid of the fallacy that a higher salary is automatically a reflection of societal value, Bregman looks at the evidence for and against throughout history and up to the present day - and argues 'Why not'?
Utopia for Realists is an idea whose time has come. A visionary manifesto for a disillusioned age, a manifesto to spark debate and inspiration - a manifesto to change the world.
A bold, optimistic and internationally bestselling book giving us cutting-edge ideas for how we might reshape society
If you're bored with hackneyed debates, decades-old right-wing and left-wing cliches, you may enjoy the bold thinking, fresh ideas, lively prose, and evidence-based arguments in Utopia for Realists -- Steven Pinker, author of 'The Language Instinct' A wonderfully readable breath of fresh air, a window thrown open to a better future ... Bregman combines deep research with wit, challenging us to think anew about how we want to live and who we want to be. Required reading -- Philipp Blomm, author of 'The Vertigo Years' Brilliant, comprehensive, truly enlightening, and eminently readable -- Zygmunt Bauman, one of the world's most eminent social theorists Superbly written, upbeat, insightful -- Philippe van Parijs, Harvard University professor and co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network If energy, enthusiasm and aphorism could make the world better, then Rutger Bregman's book would do it ... The writing is powerful and fluent ... A boisterously good read Independent
Rutger Bregman has published four books on history, philosophy and economics. He won the Belgian Liberales prize for best non-fiction book in 2013 and has twice been nominated for the prestigious European Press Prize for his journalism work. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Guardian and on the BBC. In 2016 he gave a TEDx talk and in April 2017 he will give a TED talk on the benefits of universal basic income.