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Utopia for Realists

Dutch historian Rutger Bregman makes a compelling case for money for nothing.

Utopia for Realists is an accessible, modern read that makes a case for some pretty dramatic shifts in global economic policy without the baggage that usually weighs down that kind of talk. It reminds you of the freedom and hope that can come from embracing sensible new ideas that just happen to have radical implications. 

So what is this utopia?
In a nutshell… Universal Basic Income (UBI), a 15-hour workweek, and open borders.

Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World by Rutger Bregman, 2017
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Small is Beautiful

Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered by E.F. Schumacher, 1973

Though the economy is ever-present in news and politics, we rarely examine its fundamentals – and never with nuance. In this collection of essays published over 40 years ago, Schumacher shines a light on our systems, remarkably similar then, questioning the mythologies we’ve adopted and offering alternative approaches.

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