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Utopia for Realists

How We Can Build the Ideal World

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Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income, Open Borders, and a 15-hour Workweek (alternatively subtitled And How We Can Get There and How We Can Build the Ideal World) is a book by Dutch popular historian Rutger Bregman.[1] It was originally written as articles in Dutch for a virtual journal, De Correspondent and was since compiled and published,[2] and translated into several languages. It offers a critical proposal that it claims is a practical approach to reconstructing modern society to promote a more productive and equitable life based on three core ideas:

a universal and unconditional basic income paid to everybody
a short working week of fifteen hours
open borders worldwide with the free movement of citizens between all states

Thesis

Rationale
As a result of the advance of international trade and economic science in recent decades, globalization has radically transformed the traditional social and economic order from smaller, connected nations to a new world economy which, while already demonstrably capable of rescuing millions of people from poverty, could be extended to the entire human race.[3]

However, the new global system unfairly compensates a few rich countries,[4] and, with the progressive substitution of human capital with automation and robotics,[5] has also generated an increase in inequality, both between the investment community and its workforce[6] within the G20 states as well as between developed countries and their developing neighbours.

Justification
Each idea is supported by multiple academic studies and anecdotal evidence including numerous success stories. For example, it quotes

Richard Nixon's 1968 plan for a basic income for Americans[7]
The Mincome project in the Canadian city of Dauphin, Manitoba which "eliminated poverty" and reduced hospitalisation rates[8]
The perceived success of the Schengen Agreement[9]

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia_for_Realists

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Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World
2018, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World
Mar 27, 2018, Back Bay Books
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Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World
2017, Little Brown & Company
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Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World
2017, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
in English

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Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income, Open Borders, and a 15-hour Workweek (alternatively subtitled And How We Can Get There and How We Can Build the Ideal World) is a book by Dutch popular historian Rutger Bregman.[1] It was originally written as articles in Dutch for a virtual journal, De Correspondent and was since compiled and published,[2] and translated into several languages. It offers a critical proposal that it claims is a practical approach to reconstructing modern society to promote a more productive and equitable life based on three core ideas:

a universal and unconditional basic income paid to everybody
a short working week of fifteen hours
open borders worldwide with the free movement of citizens between all states

Thesis

Rationale
As a result of the advance of international trade and economic science in recent decades, globalization has radically transformed the traditional social and economic order from smaller, connected nations to a new world economy which, while already demonstrably capable of rescuing millions of people from poverty, could be extended to the entire human race.[3]

However, the new global system unfairly compensates a few rich countries,[4] and, with the progressive substitution of human capital with automation and robotics,[5] has also generated an increase in inequality, both between the investment community and its workforce[6] within the G20 states as well as between developed countries and their developing neighbours.

Justification
Each idea is supported by multiple academic studies and anecdotal evidence including numerous success stories. For example, it quotes

Richard Nixon's 1968 plan for a basic income for Americans[7]
The Mincome project in the Canadian city of Dauphin, Manitoba which "eliminated poverty" and reduced hospitalisation rates[8]
The perceived success of the Schengen Agreement[9]

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia_for_Realists

Utopia for Realists

How We Can Build the Ideal World

This edition was published in by Back Bay Books


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Source title: Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

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