Who on Earth is Rutger Bregman?

Rutger Bregman is a Dutch historian known for his book Utopia for Realists in which he supports the proposal for a Universal Basic Income.

Books by Rutger Bregman

Quotes by Rutger Bregman

“I don’t want to live in a society where we are dependent on the charity of one guy and his wife.”

Rutger Bregman

“I think the state should think like an anarchist.”

Rutger Bregman

“I’m advocating open borders for everyone, which is obviously the most utopian idea of my book.”

Rutger Bregman

“In the twenty-first century, the real elite are those born not in the right family or the right class but in the right country.”

Rutger Bregman Utopia for Realists

“It feels like I’m at a firefighters conference and no one’s allowed to speak about water.”

Rutger Bregman

“New ideas start on the fringes and they move toward the center.”

Rutger Bregman

“Philanthropy is not a substitute for democracy or proper taxation or a good welfare state.”

Rutger Bregman

“Poverty is fundamentally about a lack of cash. It’s not about stupidity.”

Rutger Bregman Utopia for Realists

“Productive women, seniors, or immigrants won’t displace men, young adults, or hardworking citizens from their jobs. In fact, they create more employment opportunities. A bigger workforce means more consumption, more demand, more jobs.”

Rutger Bregman Utopia for Realists

“The great milestones of civilization always have the whiff of utopia about them at first. According to renowned sociologist Albert Hirschman, utopias are initially attacked on three grounds: futility (it’s not possible), danger (the risks are too great), and perversity (it will degenerate into dystopia). But Hirschman also wrote that almost as soon as a utopia becomes a reality, it often comes to be seen as utterly commonplace.”

Rutger Bregman Utopia for Realists

“You’ve got all these people who earned their money through exploitation, rent-seeking, you name it, and then they do a little bit of philanthropy to distract from all of that.”

Rutger Bregman