Utopia for Realists

Utopia for Realists

How We Can Build the Ideal World

Book - 2017
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"A noted Dutch journalist and economist proposes an outline for a new worldwide Utopia, with central tenets including a shortened work week, a guaranteed basic income for all, wealth redistribution, and open borders everywhere"-- NoveList.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First North American edition
ISBN: 9780316471916
Branch Call Number: 330 B746u 2017
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Manton, Elizabeth - Translator


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Sep 02, 2020

Everyone should read this book. Every adult, every teen.
Easy to read and full of great evidence and historical background.
Solid steps to make the world a better place.

Feb 15, 2020

Book Group had a memorable thoughtful discussion based on Utopia for REalists. I recommend this well reasearched book to everyone. Andre Yang must have read this one, too.

Dec 07, 2019

" The secret of the expanding government....It all goes back to Mozart./ When the musical mastermind composed his 14th string quartet in G major (K. 387) in 1782, he needed four people to perform it. Now, 250 years later, it still requires exactly four." " 'The gross national product measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile--' Robert Kennedy." " Race Against The Machine " " Joseph Overton, an American Lawyer" " Poor people can't handle money. This seems to be the prevailing sentiment, almost a truism. After all, if they knew how to manage money, how could they be poor in the first place? We assume that they must spend it on fast food and soda instead of on fresh fruit and books. (our solutions revolve around the biblical verse...) 2 Thessalonians 3:10." " A Ugandan program distributed $150 to over 1800 poor women in the country's north: incomes shot up by almost 100%. 'You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you haven't any boots.' " Subtitle for this book: "How we can build the ideal world" If you wish to understand the thinking that underlies the campaigns of Warren, and/or Sanders, this book would be a good primer. " Universal Basic Income" "Open Borders" "15 hour work week"

Jun 19, 2019

June 19 2019 - read up to chapter 8 pg 177 Race against the machine

Apr 03, 2019

I heard this author, Bregman, being interviewed by Mike Pesca on The Gist. I immediately looked to see if the library had his recent book. If you want a preview of the ideas in this book, the interview starts just about 4 and 1/2 minutes in (at 4:30) in the following link:


Feb 15, 2018

Some very interesting and thought-provoking ideas. Not too technical and a fairly easy read. The sections about Universal Basic Income definitely will prompt some further research into the topic.

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