Rutger Bregman

  • Cet essai au ton optimiste et novateur se propose de montrer en quoi et comment les idées utopiques d'hier et d'aujourd'hui constituent des alternatives réalisables dès demain.

    Ouvrir grand les frontières, établir une semaine de travail de quinze heures ou le revenu universel de base. Des idées naïves et dépassées ou bien la force de l'utopie renouvelée ? Résolument anti-décliniste, Utopies réalistes tombe à pic et nous explique comment construire un monde idéal aujourd'hui et ne pas désespérer ! D'une ville canadienne qui a totalement éradiqué la pauvreté à l'histoire d'un revenu de base pour des millions d'Américains sous Richard Nixon, Bregman nous emmène dans un voyage à travers l'histoire et défend des idées qui s'imposent par la force même de l'exemple et le sérieux de la démarche historique.

    À la fois pédagogique et percutant, à contre-courant du pessimisme ambiant, cet essai brillant a rencontré un formidable succès mondial.

  • « Ce livre expose une idée radicale.

    C'est une idée qui angoisse les puissants depuis des siècles. Une idée que les religions et les idéologies ont combattue. Une idée dont les médias parlent rarement et que l'histoire semble sans cesse réfuter.

    En même temps, c'est une idée qui trouve ses fondements dans quasiment tous les domaines de la science. Une idée démontrée par l'évolution et confirmée par la vie quotidienne. Une idée si intimement liée à la nature humaine qu'on n'y fait souvent même plus attention.

    Si nous avions le courage de la prendre au sérieux, cela nous sauterait aux yeux : cette idée peut déclencher une révolution. Elle peut mettre la société sens dessus dessous. Si elle s'inscrit véritablement dans notre cerveau, elle peut même devenir un remède qui change la vie, qui fait qu'on ne regardera plus jamais le monde de la même façon.

    L'idée en question ?

    La plupart des gens sont bons ».

    Captivant et inspirant, formidable succès partout dans le monde, Humanité ouvre avec humour, sérieux et pédagogie de nouveaux horizons. Et si nous étions plutôt bons ? Et si un livre pouvait changer le monde ?

  • THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ''A beacon of hope for a frighted world '' DANNY DORLING '' This is the book we need right now '' TELEGRAPH ''It''d be no surprise if it proved to be the Sapiens of 2020 '' GUARDIAN It''s a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we''re taught, are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest.

    Humankind makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too.

    In this major book, internationally bestselling author Rutger Bregman takes some of the world''s most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the Blitz, a Siberian fox farm to an infamous New York murder, Stanley Milgram''s Yale shock machine to the Stanford prison experiment, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think - and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society.

    It is time for a new view of human nature.>

  • THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE VIRAL SENSATION TAKING ON THE BILLIONAIRES 'Listen out for Rutger Bregman. He has a big future shaping the future' Observer 'A more politically radical Malcolm Gladwell' New York Times 'The Dutch wunderkind of new ideas' Guardian In Utopia for Realists , Rutger Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilisation - from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy - was once considered a utopian fantasy. New utopian ideas such as universal basic income and a fifteen-hour work week can become reality in our lifetime.

    /> 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, beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come.

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  • It's a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives. And its roots sink deep into Western thought: from Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the tacit assumption is that humans are bad.

    Humankind makes the case for a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. When we think the worst of others, it brings out the worst in our politics and economics too.

    In his long-awaited second book, international-bestselling author Rutger Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think - and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society.

    It is time for a new view of human nature.

  • The Sunday Times Bestseller We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman, a bestselling Dutch historian, explains that it needn't be this way.

    Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilization - from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy - was once considered a utopian fantasy. New utopian ideas such as universal basic income and a 15-hour work week can become reality in our lifetime.

    This guide to a revolutionary yet achievable utopia is supported by multiple studies, lively anecdotes and numerous success stories. 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, beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come.

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