• Utopia for Realists

  • By: Rutger Bregman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-05-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, when technology and so-called progress have made us richer but more uncertain than ever before. We have questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. So, too, does the time seem to be coming to an end when we looked to economists to help us define the qualities necessary to create a successful society.
We need a new movement. One defined by a young historian who can tell us the truth about how we got here. They'd be a political outsider, the voice of their generation, one who doesn't harness rage or agitate grievances but who provides us with the answers for which we've been looking. That person is Rutger Bregman and his vision is Utopia for Realists.
©2017 Rutger Bregman (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Eva on 10-23-17

Very interesting ideas

This book discusses some very interesting ideas to change society (basic income, 15 hour workweek, and free movement of humans across borders) with research to support them.

Some chapters are a bit repetitive and he doesn't offer precise solutions for here and now but it definitely gives you food for thought and is worth a read!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-18-17


Inspiring message, well written and read. I never knew that there was so much empirical evidence for the effectiveness of direct cash transfers and basic income. The Richard Nixon episode was especially captivating.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Simon Caldwell on 09-07-17

interesting but more radical then the title sugges

Worth a listen, good to broaden the horizons even if I don't always agree. There were a few new and interesting ideas but definitely some popular ideas like machines taking jobs which can be found elsewhere in better detail. Quite an opinionated book so I imagine if I agreed with all of the opinions I'd have liked it more!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lister on 04-18-17

Food for thought...

I picked up this book off the back of watching Adam Curtis' BBC film Hyper normalisation (which I highly recommend) as it investigated his contention that:

"We live in a strange time. Extraordinary events keep happening, which undermine the stability of our world. Suicide bombs, waves of refugees, Donald Trump, Vladamir Putin and even brexit Yet those in control seem unable to deal with it. And no one has any ideas as to how we can change or a future to aim for."

This book explores possible solutions to the problems that we face in current times and going forwards with the introduction of the robots and automation (leading to massive loss of jobs) , increasing disparity between the rich and poor.

It delves into the origins of many of our current dogmatic thinking around these problems and offers up three main ideas to progress: universal income, shorter working week (in order to pursue meaningful work) and open boarders.

An interesting read for anyone looking for new ideas and hope in how to pursue a "utopian" future, to change the world in a way conducive to humanitarian flourishing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-02-18


If every human being had access to these ideas we would be living in a different universe.....one that reverences both the lofty spiritual essence of our humanity as well as the wisdom filled majesty of our earthly home. Deepest gratitude to the author and those beings thar inspired his thorough, penetrating and visionart work.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 01-23-18

Dare to challenge your own cynicism

The topics of discussion were extreme as they should be to have impact in a current world of apathy and greed.
I thought the reader lacked the passion required to convey such exciting change and the progressive ideas and challenges required to status quo. However I’m far more richer for having the knowledge shared in this book an would recommend to anyone whom can dare look past there own cynicism, Enjoy

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