Utopia for Realists
What do democracy, the abolition of slavery and votes for women have in common? They were once viewed as unachievable utopian fantasies – only to be eventually accepted as basic common sense.
Rutger Bregman, author of Utopia for Realists, argues that the real crisis of our times is not that we don’t have it good, or even that we might be worse off in the near future, it’s that we don’t have the imagination to come up with anything better. He overturns existing notions about how to run society with radical yet wholly practical ideas for a happier, healthier, wealthier world. From Universal Basic Income – inches away from implementation by President Richard Nixon – to a 15-hour working week (the only way to tackle the ‘second machine age’), he piles up the evidence for solutions to the growing problems of inequality and unhappiness to be found in societies across the globe.
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