Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World by Rutger BregmanUtopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes you by surprise and challenges what you think you know. Rutger Bregman takes us on a journey through history, beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come. This original Dutch bestseller sparked a national movement for basic income experiments that soon made international headlines. Translation rights have been sold to thirty territories. Utopia for Realists originated on De Correspondent, an online journalism platform that serves as an antidote to the daily news grind. We are proud to be entirely ad-free, beholden only to our 56, paying members and our journalistic principles.
Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There by Rutger Bregman – review
It offers a critical proposal that it claims is a practical approach to reconstructing modern society to promote a more productive and equitable life based on three core ideas:. As a result of the advance of international trade and economic science in recent decades, globalization has radically transformed the traditional social and economic order from smaller, connected nations to a new world economy which, while already demonstrably capable of rescuing millions of people from poverty, could be extended to the entire human race. However, the new global system unfairly compensates a few rich countries,  and, with the progressive substitution of human capital with automation and robotics ,  has also generated an increase in inequality, both between the investment community and its workforce  within the G20 states as well as between developed countries and their developing neighbours. Each idea is supported by multiple academic studies and anecdotal evidence including numerous success stories. For example, it quotes.
T his is a book with one compelling proposition for which you can forgive the rest. It is utopian visions that have driven humanity forwards.
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Some might say that the title of this book has an oxymoronic quality: can a realist believe that a Utopia is achievable? The translation by Elizabeth Manton is easy to read, and maintains what I assume to be the sharp and witty style of the original. - Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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