Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There (Paperback)Rutger Bregman (author)
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Let’s start with a little history lesson: in the past, everything was worse.
We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval. Everywhere there are pressing questions: about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money. Yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers.
Rutger Bregman, a bestselling Dutch historian, explains that it needn't be this way. Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilization - from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy - was once considered a utopian fantasy. New utopian ideas such as universal basic income and a 15-hour work week can become reality in our lifetime.
This guide to a revolutionary yet achievable utopia is supported by multiple studies, lively anecdotes and numerous success stories. From a Canadian city that once completely eradicated poverty, to Richard Nixon's near implementation of a basic income for millions of Americans, Bregman takes us on a journey through history, beyond the traditional left-right divide, as he introduces ideas whose time has come.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 274 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'[a] book written with verve, wit and imagination. Listen out for Rutger Bregman. He has a big future shaping the future.' - Andrew Anthony, The Observer
'If you're fed up with moaning, you owe it to yourself to read this book.' - The Evening Standard
'Bregman writes with energy, verve and panache ... Utopia for Realists will probably be a terrific hit.' - Ian Martin,The Times
'Bregman's book is breezy, wide-ranging and littered with interesting examples and research. It has something of the flavour of Freakonomics.' - The Sunday Times
'Energetic, passionate and rigorously intelligent. His commonsensical ideas deserve to be gratefully welcomed.' - Sunday Express
'A brilliantly written page-turner. It goes into serious depth, without ever feeling dense, as it weaves its way through the challenges we face and onto proposals for doing things differently.' - Caroline Lucas, Independent
'The questions that Bregman poses must be addressed, and urgently.' - The New Scientist
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