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Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income, Open Borders, and a 15-hour Workweek Paperback – 15 Apr 2016

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: The Correspondent; 01 edition (15 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9082520303
  • ISBN-13: 978-9082520309
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If energy, enthusiasm and aphorism could make the world better, then Rutger Bregman's book would do it. Even in translation from the Dutch, the writing is powerful and fluent... a boisterously good read." - The Independent Author: John Rentoul Source: The Independent Published On: 2016-03-28

"Brilliant, comprehensive, truly enlightening, and eminently readable. Obligatory reading for everyone worried about the wrongs of present-day society and wishing to contribute to their cure." - Zygmunt Bauman, one of the world's most eminent social theorists, author of more than 50 books Source: Zygmunt Bauman Published On: 2016-04-08

"The impact of this book in the Netherlands has been huge. Not only did Rutger Bregman launch a highly successful and long-running debate in the media, he also inspired a movement across the country that is putting his ideas into practice. Now it's time for the rest of the world." - Joris Luyendijk Source: Joris Luyendijk Published On: 2016-04-08

"If you're bored with hackneyed debates, decades-old right-wing and left-wing clichés, you may enjoy the bold thinking, fresh ideas, lively prose, and evidence-based arguments in Utopia for Realists." - Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Blank Slate and The Better Angels of Our Nature Source: Steven Pinker Published On: 2016-04-08

"This book is brilliant. Everyone should read it. Bregman shows us we've been looking at the world inside out. Turned right way out we suddenly see fundamentally new ways forward. If we can get enough people to read this book, the world will start to become a better place." - Richard Wilkinson, Co-author The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better Source: Richard Wilkinson Published On: 2016-04-08

"Learning from history and from up-to-date social science can shatter crippling illusions. It can turn allegedly utopian proposals into plain common sense. It can enable us to face the future with unprecedented enthusiasm. To see how, read this superbly written, upbeat, insightful book." - Philippe van Parijs, Harvard University professor and cofounder of the Basic Income Earth Network Source: Philippe van Parijs Published On: 2016-04-08

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From a universal basic income to a 15-hour workweek, from a world without borders to a world without poverty - it's time to return to utopian thinking. Rutger Bregman takes us on a journey through history, beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come. Utopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes you by surprise and challenges what you think you know. In the words of leading social theorist Zygmunt Bauman, it is "brilliant, truly enlightening, and eminently readable." This original Dutch bestseller sparked a national movement for basic income experiments that soon made international headlines.

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