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Utopia for Realists

How We Can Build the Ideal World
Auteur(s): Rutger Bregman
Narrateur(s): Peter Noble
Durée: 6 h et 34 min
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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.

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 all over the world. 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 has 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 15-hour workweek, can become 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.

©2017 Rutger Bregman (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Rutger Bregman is part of a new generation of thinkers who are suggesting exciting alternatives to the orthodoxies of the last 40 years. In this surprising, accessible, and often counterintuitive book, Bregman explores some brilliant but simple ideas for making a better world." (Brian Eno)
''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." (Dylan Matthews)

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It takes a global village

Academically sound, and multidisciplinary in scope, Utopia for Realists reveals the tectonic boundaries between what has always worked (more or less, especially the former) and the increasingly obvious challenges to the accepted status quo. A must-read/listen.

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A real plan for Utopia, a real hope in this time

A real plan for Utopia, a real hope in this time of crisis. Time to turn off the TV and organize

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great read

concise explaination of UBI and other related topics, highly relevant right now. a b c

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Outstanding

A book that will expand your mind if you let it. Bregman challenges you to look at the problems we all face and consider new (or not-so-new) options to solve them. His “guide” to a future free from poverty makes for a wonderful listen/read. Highly recommended!

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A User Manual For A Liveable, Evolving Society

This book addresses the massive imbalance in today's society, and how everyone can benefit from a soceity that capitalizes on freed creativity, ingenuity and energy.

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An idea whose time has come

I read this book while isolating from COVID-19. As the western world is gripped by an economic crisis the notion of basic income is being experimented before our eyes. A compelling read!

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  • 2020-02-12

The way the subject os explain is clear

Over all a great book i recommend, but I gave only 3 star for the story because i found it misleading in some aspect. Especially bias toward some ideal. and only show the tips of the iceberg when it comes to a realistic utopia. a little optimistic.

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Highly recommended

Was a great overview of what happened in history through human goals of achieving their Utopia. That game me a good vision of why we are here today and which path has a better chance to succeed according to the history.

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  • Jen
  • 2019-07-06

Doesn't address the real question

This book spends almost all of it's time addressing the case for providing universal income or 'money with no strings attached' to people who are struggling and/or have been struggling for a long time. It goes into great detail about all of the wonderful, inventive, amazing things that those people did with the money to better themselves and their communities. But it never answers the real question - what happens next? If we introduce universal income, what happens to the next generation, the ones who never had to struggle, who don't have the perspective of having nothing in order to appreciate having something? If we give that generation the same 'no strings attached' money, can we really expect them to be so inventive, so appreciative? Or is it more likely they will simply be expectant, entitled, squanderous? That's the question I kept asking throughout, and never got an answer so this entire "study" is very biased, one-sided and incomplete. If you are actually a realist I do not recommend this book.

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  • Sam Thompson
  • 2019-06-04

Brilliant Book

Bregman puts forth, what at first blush, seem like radical, unapproachable objectives. However after careful listening to the material, his proposals are merely pragmatic, steeped in verifiable data obtained through real world testing. His idea for universal income makes complete sense economically, socially, and certainly morally, but politics and prejudice raise their ugly heads and stand in the way of humane progress. I highly recommend this book, common sense in what is very much a senseless time in our history. Regards, Sam Thompson

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  • Dotails
  • 2020-02-01

Utopia is good but this is liberal propaganda

Although I support and promote the idea of ideal, paradise is the purpose we were created for afterall, this author is just leaning so far left off his soapbox that he cant be taken seriously, he spent most of the time on what to do with money, socialisim, redistribution, taxes, stealing from the rich, when in utopia there in fact, is no money due to AI. The first chapter was good if the many statistics were accurate, but the rest was embarising and gives paradise builders a bad name. He, like many in the media, focus on the symptoms and like any symptom only doctor, he might make you feel good but kill you with his "miracle money solutions" Rather one should address the roots. Money is a way to move scarce resources. Have you looked up and seen how big stellar objects are and how many? The universe is abundant with resources, focus on moving those instead of money and money will become obsolete through and abundant economy. Finally even taking his rant seriously for a moment, there are some advancements that are only possible with large concentrations of resources. Take operating systems, screen streaming services, and other tech that takes years to develop and large amounts of awareness marketing to make sustainable. This author doesn't consider the effect stealing will have on progress. Of course there are radical changes in store when comparing paradise with today's systems. Just one of many examples of radical change; Life will become more precious as life becomes long, the ripple effects of immortality in our reach, will make death unacceptable; cars, abortion, assisted suicide, war, deadly weapons, death penalty, and more will be obsoleted by demand and technology. People today on all sides of politics will be considered savage relative to the maturity to come.

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  • Tim
  • 2019-04-01

eye opening

this book really made me think about how the world functions and how it could function without being dogmatic. I think real change will be inspired by this books messages.

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  • johnnydog
  • 2018-05-08

clearly states difficult topics. With passion.

Provides clear explanations and facts enabling us to communicate the beliefs so many of us hold dear. We appreciate capitalism for where it has brought us but we are ready to move on to the next stage a post-capitalist phase that utilizes the Innovations it has helped create to allow all humans to benefit and lead wonderful lives!

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  • Kerrie M James
  • 2017-10-12

Brilliant

Intelligent, inspiring and surprising, Bregman has captured the history of ideas and current social and economic dilemmas superbly. His is a radical view and one that needs to be taken seriously if the world and it's populations are to survive.

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  • Fanni Daniella Koszeg
  • 2019-04-14

Motivating

So maybe the author hasn't yet figured it all out and given a solution on how to disrupt the current balance of power in the western part of the world, but he will definitely convince you of becoming bolder and more forceful in speaking against neo-liberal capitalism. He does a good job at describing how neo-liberalism (of the Clinton, Tony Blair ilk) became *indisputable* on the left thanks to the right's aggressive and bold actions. It is definitely time to point out the corruption of democracy by a thousand cuts across the globe -- and here in the US, land of the free, in particular. Corporate consumerism's chokehold on democracy is no joke; it is what keeps us all down while the 1% flourishes. Along with Anand Giridharadas' WINNER TAKE ALL, Bregman posits a bold theory on how to break free from the *well-meaning* plutocrats who just WILL.NOT.PAY.TAXES. We, on the so-called left, all need to act with conviction and stop fearing that we will seem "silly" or "unreasonable." Alexandria Ocasio Cortes, Bernie and Liz Warren are showing the way.

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  • Elizabeth Flanagan
  • 2019-02-12

let's do it!!

I am so excited that these ideas can make us more human and live our full potential!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2017-12-19

FINALLY!!!

...Someone else who GETS it!!! The TRUTH & REALITY of the poverty and it's affects. A mandatory listen/read for EVERY single human on the planet.

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  • 2020-02-07

Pretty good

Really good for over half of it and then he started the lose me a little. The facts and numbers were solid and as unbiased as could be for a while but alot of clear Cherry picking as he got later into the book.

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