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Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

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  • Title: Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There
  • Author: Rutger Bregman
  • ISBN: 9781408890264
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Hardcover

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Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

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  1. What a painful book to read during the first week of Trump s administration I swear every time I finished a chapter, a new policy would be announced that completely moved the needle of social progress in the other direction Solving poverty with a universal basic income Nope, here s a Secretary of Labor who thinks the minimum wage is already too high Reform the banking system so it s not one of the largest drivers of the economy Let me introduce you to the newest Goldman Sachs exec to run a depar [...]

  2. Capitalist or communist, it all boils down to a pointless distinction between two types of poor, and to a major misconception that we almost managed to dispel some 40 years ago the fallacy that a life without poverty is a privilege you have to work for, rather than a right we all deserve.A breezy read with ideas that are backed up by genuinely interesting statistics and anecdotes.Argues that we can better society and move towards utopia by implementing three ideas a 15 hour workweek, a universal [...]

  3. Radical ideas, at first glance, but all put forward in this book aren t unreasonable, neither are they unrealistic They are logically presented and supported with facts and tons of research and history It is an enlightening read, and I wish politicians and policy makers would read books like this If only to widen their imagination and deepen thoughts and debates on possible courses of action on the problem plaguing the world.Highly recommended.

  4. I respond to utopian thinking the way any other moderately informed liberal does Well, wouldn t that be nice o_O But the I read of Bregman s book, the my resistance melted away Why aren t we setting our sights higher than adding a dollar to the minimum wage and opposing Trump s wall Hell, you wanna address unemployment as a result of automation Why not support a universal basic income and a shorter work week You d also take a couple of steps towards gender equality to boot By the time I finish [...]

  5. One of a spate of books to come out on the Basic Income idea to eliminate poverty and mitigate the coming automation economic crisis I like the idea myself and the author marshalls studies to back up that a basic income would go a long way to reduce poverty I am not sure that problem of a sense of purpose will be easier to tackle when robots start taking away large sectors of the labor force but it is better than letting people starve and the economy going to crap the author also tackles the ver [...]

  6. Really wanted to like this I m a big fan of The Correspondent s journalism, and believe that basic income is an important idea whose time might have come It was certainly interesting to learn about the history, and the few studies that have been undertaken Also fascinating to learn about the history and failings of GDP as a measure.However the attempts to persuade seemed full of holes and contradictions One minute the author is complaining about how technological progress has slowed to slightl [...]

  7. We have lost our vision, Rutger Bregman writes, mired in old paradigms and blind to the possibilities we should be imagining We could be realizing the world predicted by 20th c thinkers.Subtitled How We Can Build The Ideal World, Utopia for Realists is an international best seller, first published in the Netherlands where it ignited a debate and inspired a movement.Bregman begins by reminding us of how recently life was a vale of tears, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short, as philosophers w [...]

  8. Loved it I m going to share some of the excerpts I liked.1 Whether you look at the incidents of depression, burnout, drug abuse, high dropout rates, obesity, unhappy childhoods, low election turnout or social and political distrusts, the evidence points to the same culprit every time inequality But hold on what should it matter if some people are filthy rich if even those who are very poor are better off than the kings of centuries ago A lot Because it s all about relative poverty However wealth [...]

  9. A reasonably good summary of the history of universal basic income and the drive to a shorter working week, although if you ve read a few long essays on those topics it s unlikely you ll learn much Unfortunately the book is spoiled by a few things Firstly, while I get that it has a point of view that it s conveying one that I agree with , I could ve done with opposing arguments, if only to arm myself in future.Secondly, one of the arguments is for open borders, which the author suggests would h [...]

  10. I m always interested in alternative political and economic theories due to my overwhelming unhappiness with the current state of the world and my own life.I really felt like this book put forth a lot of ideas in a coherent and meaningful way You would think that the eradication of poverty is something people can all agree on, but unfortunately that is not the case I found it interesting how often the book discussed the US even though the author is not American Reading this was so pleasant what [...]

  11. Zoals veel anderen die de artikellen van Bregman regelmatig lezen, is dit boek helaas een tegenvaller Dit boek is gewoon een uitgeprinte versie van zijn artikellen Met grafieken erbij, een mooie inleiding, dat wel, en dan nog wat kleine stukjes die iets meer over het onderwerp zeggen dan de orginele artikellen Helaas heb ik een groot control copie control paste gevoel bij dit boek, wat ik liever van te voren had willen weten, want Ik had andere verwachtingen van het boek.Nietemin is wat er gesch [...]

  12. Dit was een tegenvaller Met regelmaat las ik Bregman s artikelen in De Correspondent Gezien zijn idee n me aanspraken en dit De Correspondents eerste uitgave was las ik dit boek Bregman vertelt wederom zijn verhaal Weer dezelfde voorbeelden, weer dezelfde idee n Dat is niet erg maar in een boek verwacht ik een diverser geluid Weerleg tegenargumenten om je standpunten kracht bij te zetten Overtuig me met diepgang Helaas blijft het boek vaak oppervlakkig, weinig doorgrondend en is het te veel Jip [...]

  13. I was probably misguided as I thought this book would deal predominantly with the idea of a basic income Specifically, i was intrested in the arguments pro and against it and, preferably, an analysis how it is possible to implement, the impact of automation and which steps might be taken right now But this book is much broader in scope, and at the same time, pretty shallow The book is about the current state of the world with inequality, too much work for some and no for the others, the climate [...]

  14. Excellent read on Utopian thinking, and Basic Income with nice historical context.The end quote sums up much of the thought, before an inspiring epilogue Utopia lies at the horizon.When I draw nearer by two steps,it retreats two steps.If I proceed ten steps forward, itswiftly slips ten steps ahead.No matter how far I go, I can never reach it.What, then, is the purpose of utopia It is to cause us to advance Eduardo Galeano

  15. Een toegankelijk boek dat een goede introductie is op het basisinkomen De historische voorbeelden zijn interessant en de aangedragen idee n prikkelend, maar het hele verhaal is erg eenzijdig Ik mis een vergelijking tussen verschillende oplossingen en vraag me af welke zwakke plekken een econoom kan vinden in het verhaal.

  16. I loved this book for many reasons but the one thing that stood out was the fact that it made me alter my world view from pessimistic to hopeful, if not completely optimistic The author has proposed some radical ideas but has also provided a lot past research and evidence to support these ideas.

  17. Bregman elabora en este libro una argumentaci n a favor de la renta b sica universal, la semana laboral de quince horas y la ca da de las fronteras internacionales A primera vista, estos tres enunciados probablemente espantar n a unos cuantos en alg n momento a m tambi n me generaron un poco m s que suspicacia , sin embargo, cuando se comienza a ahondar en el tema, siempre haciendo el esfuerzo de dejar los prejuicios de lado, muchos de los argumentos cobran sentido.El mayor desaf o que plantea e [...]

  18. This was so good Interesting, educational, well written, and not too long It had all the elements of what makes nonfiction so enjoyable I would definitely recommend

  19. I ve felt so disillusioned looking at the current state of politics in this country and the world, but unsure what alternatives existed For anyone who needs a pick me up on this front this book proposes several possibilities, in a fresh and upbeat way I m dying to discuss this with friends Some of these ideas blew my mind I m a newbie when it comes to political theory economics It s left me curious and optimistic about the future I also think it s a fascinating companion to A Whole New Mind by D [...]

  20. 33rd book for 2017.With an engaging writing style, Bregman puts forward arguments for three big ideas to guide progressive politics into the future A basic wage less, meaningful work overall and open borders I found the arguments for a basic wage most compelling, with some interesting history who ever knew that Nixon would have got a basic wage passed in 1968 if not for the damn Democrats One has to wonder what would have happened to the US and the rise of Trump had he been successful Three sta [...]

  21. An easy read yet provocative and forceful in its arguments my reactions ranged from Are you sure, That sounds too simple, to Hell yes The chapter on homelessness and Universal Basic Income is the one to have gained the most press attention But I found the section on world developments, immigration and open borders the strongest I particularly liked the citing of theBook of Daniel as the first written record of a test with a control group Full of fascinating stories and strong ideas, with lots of [...]

  22. Thought provoking and hopeful The perfect antidote to my end of year blues Not to mention another book for the list of Everyone Should Read This Wake Up Sheeple Wake The Hell Up That s getting to be a long ass list Thank you, Rutger Bregman It was a very interesting experience.

  23. The book of our times, a must read A few counterintuitive examples which I like and enjoy that changed the way I think about work and finance n.b if you take one thing from this book or review let it be this Read the Epilogue It s good In an ideal world we d have this utopia obviously but due to the narrowmindedness of low information voters and their politicians whom they think are looking out for them Ha it s highly doubtful we ll see UBI succeed, let alone implemented If it wasn t for the Koc [...]

  24. ENG This book really changed a lot of things in me By starting to read this book I read about a lot of facts and concepts which were directly related to the economy and social life that were not obvious to me before The style and format of the book are perfect If you want to read this book, prepare yourself to face a vast number of relevant statistics AZE Amerikal lar n d ikisi 2 h ft lik m zuniyy ti lav 2 h ft nin m vacibind n st n tuturlar El c d biznes m t x ssisl rin b y k ks riyy ti v zif l [...]

  25. Let us be unreasonable and impossible, the author exhorts But his book, short and sweet, is far from either The idea of basic income fits into the paradigm of a realistic utopia, according to Rutger Bregman, whose penchant for popularizing penmanship and knack for narration keep the book interesting and informative, if not all that original The book is best understood as an attempt to bring a whole bundle of progressive ideas into the mainstream, borrowing heavily from other classics But what th [...]

  26. Makes a solid case for universal basic income using some recent studies as well as some misunderstood older studies I think I would recommend Graeber or even Doughnut economics for the theory behind some of the concepts in here, but this is a quick read and a great primer on why we have too many bullshit jobs and why poverty is not a moral failing I d say read the others first and then come here, but this is a nice start too Others to read Scarcity, David Graeber, Picketty, etc

  27. Uiterst interessant en belangrijk boek van de briljante historicus die ik al enkele jaren volg Zijn idee n over de kortere werkweek, basisinkomen en open grenzen samen Het einde maakt het nog beter, met een stevige oproep aan links ipv het verwachte rechts om te stoppen met het verliezerssocialisme en volop te gaan voor een eigen ideaal.

  28. The book came out in an interesting time of a paradigm shift in political perspectives The general population is increasingly disillusioned by the trickle down economics in the Reagan era, and pushed into the ideal of equality While the book presented many great statistics, evidences, and insights compiled from many different sources , it presented a few weak arguments And through the weak argument is where the author s intellectual elitism wafts out of the writing The author considers himself t [...]

  29. So good I am probably gonna need to buy a copy I got it from the library to begin with Bregman talks about the fact that on the one hand, we already live in what many in the past would have considered a utopia, with food, safety, health, and material luxury than could have been imagined a few centuries ago and on the other hand, we have now largely ceased to imagine ways we can make the world radically better from this point He lays out the evidence demonstrating that measures like universal ba [...]

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