Utopia for Realists

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lister on 18-04-2017

Food for thought...


I picked up this book off the back of watching Adam Curtis' BBC film Hyper normalisation (which I highly recommend) as it investigated his contention that:

"We live in a strange time. Extraordinary events keep happening, which undermine the stability of our world. Suicide bombs, waves of refugees, Donald Trump, Vladamir Putin and even brexit Yet those in control seem unable to deal with it. And no one has any ideas as to how we can change or a future to aim for."

This book explores possible solutions to the problems that we face in current times and going forwards with the introduction of the robots and automation (leading to massive loss of jobs) , increasing disparity between the rich and poor.

It delves into the origins of many of our current dogmatic thinking around these problems and offers up three main ideas to progress: universal income, shorter working week (in order to pursue meaningful work) and open boarders.

An interesting read for anyone looking for new ideas and hope in how to pursue a "utopian" future, to change the world in a way conducive to humanitarian flourishing.

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27 of 29 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 04-09-2017

The world needs more optimism

Great ideas, linking the new Left with the radical thinking of neoliberalism. Narration is immense

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Andrew Stuart on 30-06-2017

Best book I have ever read bar none.

Will try to make this happen within a short while. The concept is awe inspiringly brilliant and could be the solution for many of the world's problems. Buy it, read it and make it happen.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By HRWT on 30-04-2017

Very left wing

Would you listen to Utopia for Realists again? Why?

Fantastic book, really took me out of my political echo chamber and challenged my core beliefs, incredibly written, well read and very compelling!

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17 of 19 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Simon Caldwell on 07-09-2017

interesting but more radical then the title sugges

Worth a listen, good to broaden the horizons even if I don't always agree. There were a few new and interesting ideas but definitely some popular ideas like machines taking jobs which can be found elsewhere in better detail. Quite an opinionated book so I imagine if I agreed with all of the opinions I'd have liked it more!

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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By fayowitz on 11-07-2017

very insightful

I will definitely read this again.. Made me think of the world less in black and white

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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