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Utopia for Realists

Rutger Bregman

From a universal income to a fifteen-hour work week – it's time to turn to utopian thinking. Join Dutch journalist Rutger Bregman as he paints a compelling alternative to our current reality.

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“The Dutch wunderkind of new ideas.”
The Guardian

Dare to hope for a better world

Our day-to-day reality – life expectancy, health, wealth, and education – were considered unrealistic and utopian in the eighteenth century. So, what's next? Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian and author, explores how utopian ideals like a basic living income and a fifteen-hour work week could become a reality in our lifetime.

Encouragingly, these ideals are gaining traction: Finland has implemented a trial of universal basic income, as have several small towns and councils around Europe.

Bregman's transformational thinking bursts with hope and optimism, and will revolutionise your perspective on welfare, money, and society.

More about Rutger Bregman...

Rutger 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.

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