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Rutger Bregman

Rutger Bregman

Rutger Bregman is a Dutch historian, author and one of Europe's most prominent young thinkers. He studied at Utrecht University and majored in History at the University of California in Los Angeles. Bregman has published four books on history, philosophy, and economics. His History of Progress was awarded the Belgian Liberales prize for best nonfiction book of 2013. Bregman has twice been nominated for the prestigious European Press Prize for his work at the online journalism platform ‘De Correspondent’, which he joined in September 2013. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian and on the BBC.

In the Utopia for Realists (2014), 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. The Dutch edition became a national bestseller and sparked a basic income movement that soon made international headlines. Bregman presented his social welfare concept also at TED2017 in May: "Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash".

 

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