• 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
  • 4.8 (21 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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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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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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By HRWT on 04-30-17

Very left wing

Would you listen to Utopia for Realists again? Why?

Fantastic book, really took me out of my political echo chamber and challenged my core beliefs, incredibly written, well read and very compelling!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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By Peter Canny on 11-23-17

Awaken to new ideas

Great thoughts around the modern challenges of our world. Left me questioning my own beliefs about a number of things, and prompted me to think deeper about how I live the values I hold.

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By Anonymous User on 11-02-17

Loved it!!! A must listen.

A very well researched book with really good narration, and leaves you with so much food for thought. recommend this book to everyone.

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