Nonfiction Book Group: Utopia For Realists by Rutger Bregman
April 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Don’t bury your head in the sand with Why We’re Here, our nonfiction book group exploring how we’ve reached the state we’re in…
We’ve had several requests over the years for an exclusively nonfiction book group, but with such swathes of topics, how to distinguish? This new book group is broad in scope and will cover books from history and philosophy to essays and reportage and run by David Bloomfield, our resident politics aficionado. More than a current affairs book group, Why We’re Here attendees will discuss a new book each month that contributes to the overarching question: how, and why, did we get to where we are now?
How it works
Reserve a space on the website for the next book group, or call/email/pop in to the shop to reserve a place.
Please let us know in plenty time if you can no longer attend so we can offer your place to someone else.
Please turn up on time so we can begin the discussion promptly.
Please read the book before coming!
For our next discussion, we’re reading Rutger Bregman’s standout Utopia For Realists: And How We Can Get There
Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman
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.