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Utopia for Realists

Written by: Rutger Bregman
Narrated by: Peter Noble
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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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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Asks baffling questions, with no easy answers

Early on in the book - author asks a question that baffled me - "Why is that - even after machines have automated most of the work, that we used to do in the year 1800 CE, we 200 years later seem to be even busier and have even lesser time for our-self. Why increase in productivity not increasing our leisure time ?"

Some of my favorite reads such as - '1984' have been on the topic of dystopia. So, imagining utopia along with the author was a good change. But, the 'Utopia' the author leads us towards is not in some imaginative future - but perhaps it is to be found in our own economic and societal ideas of past decades - that we are somehow forgetting as a culture.

The book explores 'radical ideas' such as universal basic income, 15 hour work week, free education & health, global citizenship - as something which is not only desirable but also perhaps achievable.

This book will for sure make you doubt your standard world view and make you question - What if?

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  • Eva
  • 23-10-17

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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  • Dorota Czerny
  • 09-04-20

enlightening perspective and mindset

great read for those who seek for reason in Thier lives, offers a great, fresh perspective on where we are now as societies and how we can actually break the trends of marasm and consumerism. recommended for who care about our future

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-20

All must read/listen

A thought provoking book. A must reaf for all who wish to widen their horizons.

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  • merijn van baardewijk
  • 05-01-20

very insightful and well read.

This books achieved its purpose with me: explain the importance of striving towards some utopias. A point on the horizon to work towards. UBI, shorter work week & no borders are very intruiging ideas when you look into it.

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  • Charles Gil
  • 11-12-19

Perfect book.

If you want to be inspired for the rest of your life, please read it.
No more BS jobs, Utopia for Realists is a must read

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  • Okunwa A.
  • 01-12-19

Amazing

Loved it. Found it incredibly attention grabbing, informative and fact filled. I can totally debate against my classmates now! 😂

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  • Ricardo Gemignani
  • 01-10-19

A breath of optimism

This book gave me data driven hope. The best book I've read this year.

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  • Kiron Ravindran
  • 24-05-19

such a thought provoking book

this book has made me rethink so many received wisdom. The best part is that it's not a manifesto but a collection of expert opinions and academic research. highly recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-03-19

Overall great

Great content, but narrator breathing abit annoying but the content is worthwhile. Really enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-17

Inspiring

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-19

Too subjective.

Well narrated. Arguments were logically inconsistent. Too much reliance on emotional rhetoric. Statistics often cherry picked and under used.

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  • Greg Dubler
  • 25-06-19

very intelligent, interesting listening.

Would love to see this utopia instead of the dystopia we have in Australia now with the Scomo government raiding our public broadcaster and suppressing inovation and progressive thinking.

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  • Phil
  • 14-04-19

Magnificent and thought provoking

Having seen this guy shit all over Tucker Carlson and hear him speak at Davis, his book was the logical next step. It was superb in its simplicity and a better and more fair world is possible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-19

😍😍😍⚰⚰⚰😍😍😍

love her narrations, amazing book concept and all round a book for all ages. i really recommend reading this not only by yourself but with as many people as possible

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  • Thanh
  • 21-11-19

Gave me hope

if youre someone who cares about the state of the world and see how fucked up it is, this book will give you hope and change the way you see our past, current and potentially future political climate. youre not alone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-19

You have no excuse not to listen to this book

If you have found this review, buy and download the book. This is the signal you have been waiting for. Absolutely eye opening and so relevant to today's political and economic scene

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-19

Bold, controversial and visionary.

not as broad in scope as the title may suggest but nevertheless impressive. Much of it references empirical work to lend the ideas credibility but is far from a final say on the topics it brings up.

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  • Roderic
  • 03-06-19

Well-argued but a lot to take in

I started this book not at all knowing what to expect. I was pleased to find a clearly presented and well researched argument for change in our society. Underpinning this book and its argument is an assumed moral sense. I am not confident that we have a quorum for such a thing just now.

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  • Steve
  • 28-05-19

Fantastic book, well written.

I certainly didn’t agree with all the conclusions, but it was a very entertaining and well researched book. Many of his ideas I think work in small experiments but would struggle if implemented across a national economy. But I enjoyed his point of view.

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  • Nathan
  • 07-05-19

worth thinking about, and learning more

well presented history which revives the idea of progress. change can be a good thing. we don't have to see it as 'disruptive'. if we have a better destination, then movement is good. lets look for a destination so we can get moving again.