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Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Bregman, Rutger

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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 hi...storian, 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.
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ISBN 9780316471916
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9780316471916
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Imprint Back Bay Books
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Bregman, Rutger
Category Economic History
Political Science & Theory
Marxism & Communism
Political Structure & Processes
Economic Theory & Philosophy
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 335.02
Weight 272g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Social problems Social problems, Utopias Utopias, Progress Progress
NBS Text Politics: General & Reference
ONIX Text General/trade