UTOPIA FOR REALISTS and How we Can Get There
AUTHOR: Rutger Bregman
SUMMARY: (via Sunday Times) "We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with 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.
Rutger Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilization - from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy - was once considered a utopian fantasy. New utopian ideas such as universal basic income and a 15-hour work week can become reality in our lifetime.
This guide to a revolutionary yet achievable utopia is supported by multiple studies, lively anecdotes and numerous success stories. Bregman takes us on a journey through history, beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come."
EXTRA THOUGHTS: You don't have to agree with every aspect of one man's view of utopia but it's challenging to read Dutch Historian, Rutger Bregman's, "Utopia for Realists" without it making you think of the possibilities for reshaping modern society or learning specific elements or details on history and capitalism to challenge what you think you know.
Bregman has no axe to grind, rather presents his perspective and possible solutions for some of the questions we currently have.
While much of the criticism of the book stems from views on capitalism and its state of disrepair or necessity, from which end of the political spectrum they support, agreement on the possible causes of the issues we now face, and the degree to which the critics understand forthcoming challenges, the reality is Bregman is guilty of nothing more than a view of utopia different to that of the next man.
Whether you agree with his views on capitalism or the concepts of Universal Basic Income and a shorter work week as antidotes to the failings of capitalism and future challenges, "Utopia for Realists" is worthy in its efforts to at least make us review aspects of society from another perspective and more importantly to encourage us to think more boldly and beyond ourselves; - to dream big, encourage fresh ideas, imagine a better future, and invite us to represent moral purpose in commercial pursuits for the betterment of all.
Hope it makes you think too.
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BUY: Available at any leading bookseller including Dymocks