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Historian Rutger Bregman’s take on utopia is lively and fascinating. He sketches the world’s current situation, and explains what’s right and what’s so sadly wrong. He proposes striking changes to make the world a better place, drawing on research from many countries and periods, and turning over common beliefs. He makes utopia appealing and even possible. His accounts of the potential success of a universal basic income are intriguing, though his description of how people deny its successes for ideological reasons is disheartening. Bregman intentionally raises more questions than he answers. getAbstract recommends his provocative argument to anyone interested in economics or social change.

In this book, you will learn

  • Why people lost faith in utopia,
  • Why utopias are useful and
  • What realistic utopian changes would make the world a better place.

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