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Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

作者 : Rutger Bregman

出版社 : LITTLE BROWN AND COMPANY

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歐洲最具影響力的年輕思想家Rutger Bregman為務實主義者打造一個可以實現的烏托邦。每個人都有最基本的收入,一週只要工作15個小時,將不再是遙不可及的幻想。

2014年荷蘭歷史學家Rutger Bregman在TED Talk上的演講,迅速吸引超過50萬人次的關注,他的講題〈為什麼每個人都該有基本收入〉(Why We Should Give Everyone a Basic Income)受到世界各地經濟學家與政府領導人的嚴肅對待,這種每人都有基本收入的理想國有可能實現嗎?

Bregman告訴我們,人類文明史上每一個進步的里程碑,例如解放黑奴、民主起源、男女平權,對過去的人們來說,都是不可能實現的烏托邦,如今在現代人眼中看來卻是稀鬆平常的事。

他爬梳過去的歷史,從加拿大完全根除貧窮的城市到尼克森差一點就可以成就的基本收入法案,他綜覽過去經濟學家、左右派人士的思想,為未來打造出完全可行的計畫。

如果你是關心庶民生活的從政人士或是一般的普羅大眾,絕對不可錯過這本提出大膽建言卻可行的計畫之書。

Universal basic income. A 15-hour workweek. Open borders. Does it sound too good to be true? One of Europe's leading young thinkers shows how we can build an ideal world today.

After working all day at jobs we often dislike, we buy things we don't need. Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian, reminds us it needn't be this way-and in some places it isn't.

Rutger Bregman's TEDTalk about universal basic income seemed impossibly radical when he delivered it in 2014. A quarter of a million views later, the subject of that video is being seriously considered by leading economists and government leaders the world over. It's just one of the many utopian ideas that Bregman proves is possible today.

Utopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes you by surprise and challenges what you think can happen. From a Canadian city that once completely eradicated poverty, to Richard Nixon's near implementation of a basic income for millions of Americans, Bregman takes us on a journey through history, and beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he champions ideas whose time have come. 

Every progressive milestone of civilization-from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy-was once considered a utopian fantasy. Bregman's book, both challenging and bracing, demonstrates that new utopian ideas, like the elimination of poverty and the creation of the fifteen-hour workweek, can become a reality in our lifetime. Being unrealistic and unreasonable can in fact make the impossible inevitable, and it is the only way to build the ideal world.
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Rutger Bregman
網路新聞平台The Correspondent的記者,也是歐洲最著名的年輕思想家之一,已經出版四本關於歷史、哲學與經濟學的書。他的著作History of Progress獲得2013年比利時自由獎非小說類獎項,曾兩次獲歐洲出版獎提名。
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