Rutger Bregman in the Media

Rutger wrote an op-ed about the 15-hour workweek in The Guardian.

Read another op-ed from Rutger about open borders in Fortune.

Read an interview with Rutger Bregman in Gawker.

Read an early version of a chapter from Utopia for Realists that was published by The Washington Post.

Read an excerpt on AlterNet about why we should give free money to everyone.

Watch Rutger Bregman’s TEDx Talk on why we should give everyone a basic income, which has attracted over 150,000 views.

Listen to the BBC interview Rutger Bregman about his ideas on “the future of work and how we pay for it. Should we give free money to everyone and let robots take the strain?”


Praise for Utopia for Realists


“Fabulously well-researched and engagingly well-written. It’s also extremely accessible. One of Bregman’s real qualities is to write about the revolutionary as if it were run-of-the-mill.”
- OpenDemocracy
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“Bregman proposes and describes specific steps en route to utopia [...] and thoroughly backs his claims with diverse historical and experimental evidence. [...] Utopia for Realists is a highly recommended read.”
- Basic Income Earth Network
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“Terrific book.”
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“If you’re looking for what kind of future we should be striving for, you'll find it in Rutger Bregman's Utopia for Realists. [...] Basic income may indeed be the answer. But first we have to willing to accept it. This book has made me a believer.”
- Natalie Shoemaker on Big Think
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“Brilliant, comprehensive, truly enlightening, and eminently readable. Obligatory reading for everyone worried about the wrongs of present-day society and wishing to contribute to their cure.” 

- Zygmunt Bauman, one of the world’s most eminent social theorists, author of more than 50 books 

“If you’re bored with hackneyed debates, decades-old right-wing and left-wing clichés, you may enjoy the bold thinking, fresh ideas, lively prose, and evidence-based arguments in Utopia for Realists.”
- Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Blank Slate and The Better Angels of Our Nature

"This book is brilliant. Everyone should read it. Bregman shows us we've been looking at the world inside out. Turned right way out we suddenly see fundamentally new ways forward. If we can get enough people to read this book, the world will start to become a better place."
- Richard Wilkinson, co-author The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better

“Rutger Bregman makes a compelling case for Universal Basic Income with a wealth of data and rooted in a keen understanding of the political and intellectual history of capitalism. He shows the many ways in which human progress has turned a Utopia into a Eutopia – a positive future that we can achieve with the right policies.”
- Albert Wenger, Entrepreneur and partner at Union Square Ventures, early backers of Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Etsy, and Kickstarter

“If energy, enthusiasm and aphorism could make the world better, then Rutger Bregman's book would do it. Even in translation from the Dutch, the writing is powerful and fluent... a boisterously good read.”
- The Independent

“Learning from history and from up-to-date social science can shatter crippling illusions. It can turn allegedly utopian proposals into plain common sense. It can enable us to face the future with unprecedented enthusiasm. To see how, read this superbly written, upbeat, insightful book.”
- Philippe van Parijs, Harvard University professor and cofounder of the Basic Income Earth Network

“A wonderful call to utopian thinking around incomes and the workweek, and a welcome antidote to the pessimism surrounding robots taking our jobs.”
- Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and author of The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Great for the West

“A bold call for utopian thinking and a world without work - something needed more than ever in an era of defeatism and lack of ambition. Highly recommended!’’
- Nick Srnicek, co-author of Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

Utopia for Realists is an important book, a wonderfully readable breath of fresh air, a window thrown open to a better future. As politicians and economists are asking how to increase productivity, ensure full employment, and downsize government, Bregman asks: What actually makes life worth living and how can we get there? The answers, it turns out, are already there, and Bregman combines deep research with wit, challenging us to think anew about how we want to live and who we want to be. Required reading.”
- Philipp Blom, historian and author of The Vertigo Years. Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914 and A Wicked Company. The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment

“The impact of this book in the Netherlands has been huge. Not only did Rutger Bregman launch a highly successful and long-running debate in the media, he also inspired a movement across the country that is putting his ideas into practice. Now it’s time for the rest of the world.”
- Joris Luyendijk, bestselling author of Swimming with Sharks. My Journey into the World of the Bankers

“Rutger Bregman writes with an exceptional voice. He shows both deep knowledge of the history and technical aspects of Basic Income and the ability to discuss it in a way that is meaningful and captivating even to people who are completely new to the topic.”
- Karl Widerquist, Associate Professor at SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University, and co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network