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Utopia for Realists

Narrated by: Peter Noble
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Economics
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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.

©2017 Rutger Bregman (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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  • Eva
  • 23-10-2017

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-2020

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
  • 05-01-2020

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
  • 11-12-2019

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.
  • 01-12-2019

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
  • 01-10-2019

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
  • 24-05-2019

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
  • 26-03-2019

Overall great

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-2017

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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  • Lister
  • 18-04-2017

Food for thought...


I picked up this book off the back of watching Adam Curtis' BBC film Hyper normalisation (which I highly recommend) as it investigated his contention that:

"We live in a strange time. Extraordinary events keep happening, which undermine the stability of our world. Suicide bombs, waves of refugees, Donald Trump, Vladamir Putin and even brexit Yet those in control seem unable to deal with it. And no one has any ideas as to how we can change or a future to aim for."

This book explores possible solutions to the problems that we face in current times and going forwards with the introduction of the robots and automation (leading to massive loss of jobs) , increasing disparity between the rich and poor.

It delves into the origins of many of our current dogmatic thinking around these problems and offers up three main ideas to progress: universal income, shorter working week (in order to pursue meaningful work) and open boarders.

An interesting read for anyone looking for new ideas and hope in how to pursue a "utopian" future, to change the world in a way conducive to humanitarian flourishing.

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  • HRWT
  • 30-04-2017

Very left wing

Would you listen to Utopia for Realists again? Why?

Fantastic book, really took me out of my political echo chamber and challenged my core beliefs, incredibly written, well read and very compelling!

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  • kieronmayers
  • 22-11-2018

Why not do it?

Amazing. Why not do it? This book gives me faith that other people, and plenty of them think differently than the rubbish we’re fed by mass media. There is absolutely no reason not to pay nurses more. This book proves it, amongst a catelpugue of other reasons that it’s time to see capitalism as a platform to something better instead of it being the only way. I finished this in four days of commuting. A job I can do from home, a job that doesn’t need to be desk bound from 8:30am to 5:30pm. But is. Why? Just read it/listen to it.

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  • Simon Caldwell
  • 07-09-2017

interesting but more radical then the title sugges

Worth a listen, good to broaden the horizons even if I don't always agree. There were a few new and interesting ideas but definitely some popular ideas like machines taking jobs which can be found elsewhere in better detail. Quite an opinionated book so I imagine if I agreed with all of the opinions I'd have liked it more!

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  • fayowitz
  • 11-07-2017

very insightful

I will definitely read this again.. Made me think of the world less in black and white

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  • Andrew Stuart
  • 30-06-2017

Best book I have ever read bar none.

Will try to make this happen within a short while. The concept is awe inspiringly brilliant and could be the solution for many of the world's problems. Buy it, read it and make it happen.

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  • Sam Allen
  • 26-04-2017

Mind blowing, compelling, inspirational

Incredible book, for anyone interested in the future of politics, society, economics and globalisation.

Rutger Bregman puts forward a compelling case for a basic income, 24 hour work week, open borders and others. He promotes the science based realising approach when it comes to policy making, something which is particularly lacking in today's world. And best of all, he reminds us that it is quite simply ideas, often ambitious and even ridiculous, that change the world.

If you buy any book day, make it this one!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-2017

A mandatory requirement

This book has the audacity to put forward pragmatic solutions that will fix many of the issues we have created in our pursuit of wealth. Of course these ideas will be ridiculed but this is more about our expectations and our beliefs rather than any limitations in the text. We should resist the mainstream dreariness and challenge ourselves to create something new

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-2017

The world needs more optimism

Great ideas, linking the new Left with the radical thinking of neoliberalism. Narration is immense

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  • Chris
  • 23-04-2017

essential reading

At last some solid solutions to an existential crisis. Well presented and researched with verifiable studies.

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