Photo by Stephan Vanfleteren

Photo by Stephan Vanfleteren

Rutger Bregman (1988) is a historian and author. He has published four books on history, philosophy, and economics.

His History of Progress was awarded the Belgian Liberales prize for best nonfiction book of 2013. The Dutch edition of Utopia for Realists became a national bestseller and sparked a basic income movement that soon made international headlines. The book has been translated in 31 languages.

Bregman has twice been nominated for the prestigious European Press Prize for his journalism work at The Correspondent. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian and on the BBC.

‘The Dutch wunderkind of new ideas’
— The Guardian

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Read a profile of Rutger in The Observer.

Read Rutger’s op-ed on the 15-hour workweek in The Guardian.

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?"

Watch Rutger Bregman’s TEDx Talk on why we should give everyone a basic income, which has attracted over 250,000 views.