Utopia for Realists : And How We Can Get There by Rutger Bregman (free download), THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. ‘Listen out for Rutger Bregman. He has a big future shaping the future’ Observer.
‘A more politically radical Malcolm Gladwell’ New York Times.
‘The Dutch wunderkind of new ideas’ Guardian.
In Utopia for Realists, Rutger Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilisation – 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 fifteen-hour work week can become reality in our lifetime.
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 divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come.
In this surprising, accessible and often counterintuitive book Bregman explores some brilliant but simple ideas for making a better world — Brian Eno This is a Read Now book. Nothing dystopian about this one: a practical set of ideas for how the next generation can do better — Jeanette Winterson 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’ This is a book stuffed full of ideas, presented persuasively and pithily, but it is also just a part of the new zeitgeist – which is why it is one for today’s dreamers and tomorrow’s realists — Danny Dorling * Times Higher Educational Supplement * Rutger Bregman is the most exciting radical thinker of my generation. If you read him and you aren’t thrilled, mentally expanded, and infused with hope, call for the undertaker – I suspect you’ve died. Oh – and did I mention he is a beautiful writer too? — Johann Hari, Sunday Times bestselling-author of ‘Lost Connections’ Listen out for Rutger Bregman. He has a big future shaping the future — Andrew Anthony * Observer * The Dutch wunderkind of new ideas * Guardian * An excellent read and full of well-told stories and details I didn’t know — Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist If you’re fed up with moaning, you owe it to yourself to read this book * Evening Standard * 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 * It’s a wonderful, well-written book, easily the crispest and least dry explanation of the research and history behind basic income as an idea I’ve seen in print. The sixth chapter, on the bizarre history of Richard Nixon’s 1970 plan for a negative income tax, is worth the price of admission alone * Vox * I was moved and convinced by Bregman saying we might not achieve Utopia but could find solace in working towards a fairer world … This book is energetic, passionate and rigorously intelligent. His commonsensical ideas deserve to be gratefully welcomed — Jake Kerridge * Sunday Express * You may not dream the same dreams as Bregman – but he invites you to take dreaming seriously. For that alone, this book is worth a read — Will Hutton * Observer * Brilliant, comprehensive, truly enlightening, and eminently readable Obligatory reading for everyone worried about the wrongs of present-day society and wishing to contribute to their cure — Zygmunt Bauman, Professor Emeritus of Leeds University and one of the world’s most eminent social theorists 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.
Rutger Bregman is one of Europe’s most prominent young thinkers. He has published four books on history, philosophy and economics, and has twice been nominated for the prestigious European Press Prize. The Dutch edition of Utopia for Realists became an international bestseller and has been translated into 23 languages.