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Rutger Bregman in conversation with Owen Jones - the Guardian Live

Join Dutch historian Rutger Bregman for a live streamed Q&A as part of the Guardian Live's new series of online events. He will be talking to Guardian journalist Owen Jones, and you'll get the chance to put some of your questions to him too.

Rutger Bregman

Last year, Bregman became an overnight social media sensation when he told the assembled billionaires at Davos to stop avoiding paying tax. He had been invited on the basis of his bestseller Utopia for Realists, which argued for a basic income and a shorter working week, ideas that have been taken up by some of the Silicon Valley billionaires who attend the annual event. 


His new book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, challenges the idea that we are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest. Evidencing evolution and sociology, he spins fresh perspectives into the world’s most famous studies and events, from the cooperation seen after the Blitz to the hidden flaws in the Stanford Prison Experiment, to demonstrate that we have, in fact, evolved to be a social and altruistic species. Described by Stephen Fry as ‘a declaration of faith in the innate goodness and natural decency of human beings’, and lauded by Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari, Humankind is a call for a new, kinder, view of human nature.


About the author(s)

Rutger Bregman (b. 1988) is one of Europe’s most prominent young thinkers. He has published four books on history, philosophy and economics, and has twice been nominated for the prestigious European Press Prize. The Dutch edition of Utopia for Realists became an international bestseller and has been translated into thirty...
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19 May