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.
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"Great, would highly recommend"
A rollercoaster of hope for the world we could have and dismay that the ideas are not already in place.
At last some solid solutions to an existential crisis. Well presented and researched with verifiable studies.
"A mandatory requirement"
This book has the audacity to put forward pragmatic solutions that will fix many of the issues we have created in our pursuit of wealth. Of course these ideas will be ridiculed but this is more about our expectations and our beliefs rather than any limitations in the text. We should resist the mainstream dreariness and challenge ourselves to create something new
"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.
"A fresh outlook on existing ideals"
All great ideas... nothing new but a fresh outlook and all in one place
Have one issue with the translation which talks only of "England" when it really means "Britain" especially where he should have referenced "Scottish" or "British" workers of Robert Owen... these were not "English" workers
"Listen to it I dear you."
Listen to it, absorb it, realise there's hope still.
Spread the word and enjoy this tremendous work.
"Great content let down by dismal reading"
How do you get to decide who reads these books? You may as well get an automatic translation as it would have more 'soul'
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