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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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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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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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Challenging and compelling

Rutger Bregman goes all out in this book. Many of the ideas are challenging, and make us flinch. But he makes some compelling arguments, and challenges the way we think about these issues, helping us to set our sights on the bigger picture.

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Fantastic book

What a great book! just listened to it all in one go, it was unreal!

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Challenge thy thinking

An interesting, research source-citing piece of work that will broaden the thinking of those who choose to listen, consider, observe and interact.

Concluded by an ending of 2x truthful, motivating pieces of advice!

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Excellent book. Universal Basic Income. Yes 😊

Rutger Bergman wants billionaires to pay their taxes, just like poor people. And to save capitalism by giving value to life. Watch what you say, they will be calling you a radical...

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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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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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  • 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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  • Kaspar Paur
  • 07-07-2020

Must-read for change-makers!

UBI, open borders, redistribution of wealth - let's do it, and create a world that's more worthwhile leving in for everybody!

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  • Jack Holden
  • 14-04-2021

Great book, why not the author though?

This book is fantastic and is full of inspiring ideas and impetus for meaningful change in the world.

Bregman is great at collating these ideas that are quite old and showing how needed they still are.

Knowing Bregman's work a little, I would have liked to have had him read the audio. The reader is great, don't get me wrong. I just feel that there's certain subtle things that having the man who wrote the book voicing it would benefit from. Do download though, it's great!

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  • Lasse
  • 19-01-2021

Amazing, in every sense of the word.

The book captivated me all the way through, and even between listening sessions I couldn't stop yelling people about what I heard.
It presents mind-blowing concepts and elegantly leads you through its reasoning and its evidence. I can only recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-2021

Brilliant

A breath of fresh air of new ideas and hopes for building a better, more equal world. An essential (and easy) read for any young person struggling with capitalism-induced disillusionment and cynicism.

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  • André C.
  • 26-11-2020

A definite must-read

I really enjoyed this book. It speaks to all the major issues we face today, and gives some seemingly simple and logical solutions to these issues. A definite must-read.

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  • Kurtis Richards
  • 27-10-2020

Choc-a-black with facts, references and hope

Brilliant!

The lens the author views the world through shares many parallels with my beliefs.

This offered a plethora of facts for further reading to bolster my own biases, but also highlights human bias and encourages skepticism.

I have already recommended this book to likeminded people and will continue to do so, as I sincerely believe we can collaboratively craft a better world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-2020

Easy to listen and read

I read and listen at the same time. I found myself wanting to read and listen more. I've recommended this to a few people. It's a breath of fresh air to the depressing world news rn

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  • Allan
  • 25-07-2020

Thought provoking!

excellent read. opens new avenues of thought in an educated, practical way. loved this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-2020

It’s Rutger’s time

I’m on board. I love Bregman
I felt Harrari was the voice of the moment 5years ago, Jordan Peterson 2 years ago and now I think it’s time for Rutger Bregman
We seem to be given these gifts at the moment they are required. Thanks

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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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  • Dougie
  • 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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  • 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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  • the typist
  • 02-04-2019

Brilliant, barmy & blindingly obvious

I wish Rutger could step in and sort Brexit. And Trump. And any other number of crazy populist leaders current ruining the world.

This book is a clear call to arms for those of us looking for a way out of the madness of our times. Unfortunately the advice the author gives is so simple and truthful that it’s unlikely our Machiavellian political leaders would ever go for something so transparent and easy to apply. They’d much rather make billions from war, endless poverty and the gradual destruction of the natural world.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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