Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

By Rutger Bregman

Universal easy source of revenue. A 15-hour workweek. Open borders. Does it sound too stable to be precise? one in all Europe's top younger thinkers exhibits how we will be able to construct an incredible international today.

After operating all day at jobs we frequently dislike, we purchase issues we do not want. Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian, reminds us it don't need to be this way-and in a few locations it isn't.

Rutger Bregman's TEDTalk approximately common easy source of revenue appeared impossibly radical while he added it in 2014. 1 / 4 of one million perspectives later, the topic of that video is being heavily thought of by way of major economists and executive leaders across the world. it really is only one of the various utopian rules that Bregman proves is feasible today.

Utopia for Realists is a kind of infrequent books that takes you unexpectedly and demanding situations what you're thinking that can ensue. From a Canadian urban that after thoroughly eliminated poverty, to Richard Nixon's close to implementation of a easy source of revenue for thousands of usa citizens, Bregman takes us on a trip via background, and past the normal left-right divides, as he champions principles whose time have come.

Every revolutionary milestone of civilization-from the tip of slavery to the start of democracy-was as soon as thought of a utopian myth. Bregman's ebook, either not easy and bracing, demonstrates that new utopian principles, just like the removing of poverty and the production of the fifteen-hour workweek, can develop into a truth in our lifetime. Being unrealistic and unreasonable can in truth make the most unlikely inevitable, and it's the simply approach to construct definitely the right world.

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Had the shortest workweek in the world. ”7 “A Race of Machine Tenders” All evidence seemed to suggest that the great minds, from Marx to Mill to Keynes to Ford, would be proven right. S. Senate approved legislation introducing a 30-hour workweek. Although the bill languished in the House of Representatives under industry pressure, a shorter workweek remained the labor unions’ top priority. In 1938, legislation protecting the five-day workweek was finally passed. The following year, the folk song “Big Rock Candy Mountain” climbed to the top of the charts, describing a utopia in which “hens lay soft boiled eggs,” cigarettes grow on trees, and “the jerk that invented work” is strung up from the tallest tree.

The worldwide vaccination rate for measles, for example, has jumped from 16% in 1980 to 85% today, while the number of deaths has been cut by more than three-quarters between 2000 and 2014. Since 1990, the TB mortality rate has dropped by nearly half. Since 2000, the number of people dying from malaria has been reduced by a quarter, and so has the number of AIDS deaths since 2005. Some figures seem almost too good to be true. For example, 50 years ago, one in five children died before reaching their fifth birthday.

Moreover, his employees became noticeably more productive. “This isn’t just a theory with us,” Kellogg proudly told a local newspaper. 31 But for the residents of Battle Creek, it was much more than that. ”32 Parents had time to spare for their children. They had more time to read, garden, and play sports. 33 Nearly half a century later, British Prime Minister Edward Heath also discovered the benefits of cornflake capitalism, albeit inadvertently. It was late 1973 and he was at his wit’s end. Inflation was reaching record highs and government expenditures were skyrocketing, and labor unions were dead set against compromise of any kind.

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