UTOPIA FOR REALISTS AND HOW WE CAN GET THERE
RUTGER BREGMAN (BLOOMSBURY, $23.99)
“This book isn’t an attempt to predict the future,” writes 29-year-old Dutch journalist-historian Rutger Bregman. “It’s an attempt… to fling open the windows of our minds.” We’re living in a time of unprecedented plenty, he observes, but also of stress, discontentment and division. What’s more, neither left nor right has a clear vision. “We need a new lodestar, a new map of the world,” writes Bregman, who argues for a dramatically shorter working week, a shift in focus from market wealth to social value, a world without borders. He discusses in depth the benefits – and affordability – of a universal basic income. This is lively, well reasoned and certainly thoughtprovoking.