Utopia for Realists

Utopia for Realists

How We Can Build the Ideal World

Book - 2017 | First North American edition.
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Universal basic income. A 15-hour workweek. Open borders. Does it sound too good to be true? One of Europe's leading young thinkers shows how we can build an ideal world today.
"A more politically radical Malcolm Gladwell." -- New York Times
After working all day at jobs we often dislike, we buy things we don't need. Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian, reminds us it needn't be this way-and in some places it isn't.

Rutger Bregman's TED Talk about universal basic income seemed impossibly radical when he delivered it in 2014. A quarter of a million views later, the subject of that video is being seriously considered by leading economists and government leaders the world over. It's just one of the many utopian ideas that Bregman proves is possible today.

Utopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes you by surprise and challenges what you think can happen. 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, and beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he champions ideas whose time have come.

Every progressive milestone of civilization-from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy-was once considered a utopian fantasy. Bregman's book, both challenging and bracing, demonstrates that new utopian ideas, like the elimination of poverty and the creation of the fifteen-hour workweek, can become a reality in our lifetime. Being unrealistic and unreasonable can in fact make the impossible inevitable, and it is the only way to build the ideal world.

Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First North American edition.
ISBN: 9780316471893
Branch Call Number: 321.07 Bre
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Manton, Elizabeth - Translator


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Apr 03, 2019

I heard this author, Bregman, being interviewed by Mike Pesca on The Gist. I immediately looked to see if the library had his recent book. If you want a preview of the ideas in this book, the interview starts just about 4 and 1/2 minutes in (at 4:30) in the following link:


Feb 15, 2018

Some very interesting and thought-provoking ideas. Not too technical and a fairly easy read. The sections about Universal Basic Income definitely will prompt some further research into the topic.

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