“We are stuck in the welfare state of a bygone era”
Historian and author Rutger Bregman has written four books about history, philosophy and economy: With What We Knew Then – Current Problems Through a Historical Lens (2012), The History of Progress (2013), Why Garbage Collectors Earn More Than Bankers (2015), en Utopia for Realists (2016, English translation in 2017).
His book The History of Progress was awarded the Belgian Liberales prize for best work of non-fiction. What started out as articles for De Correspondent and resulted in Utopia for Realists, has sparked earnest discussions in the Netherlands about the concept of a universal basic income. Automation will eventually threaten both high-education and low-education jobs. His writings were quickly picked up in the international media, and the book is now being translated in over 24 countries.
Rutger’s ideas about a universal basic income have formed the basis for an entire movement that is gaining global attention. His work has appeared in numerous international publications, including The Washington Post and The Guardian, and has been broadcast by the BBC.
He is currently the ‘Progress Correspondent’ for De Correspondent, where he now writes about what actually is working in the Netherlands and the rest of the world, rather than focusing on what isn’t.