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Rutger Bregman, Foto: (C) Maartje ter Horst

Utopia for realists
Has the time come for universal basic income?/ Vienna Lectures

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At one time, every civic achievement – from the beginning of democracy to the end of slavery – was a utopian ideal. Recent utopian concepts such as universal basic income and the 15-hour week could well become reality in the foreseeable future. In this Vienna lecture, Rutger Bregman leads us through a history that lies beyond traditional political interest groups, including how a Canadian town once succeeded in eliminating poverty, and how Richard Nixon nearly introduced universal basic income for millions of USA citizens. All this serves as a means of presenting and discussing ideas whose time, he believes, has now come.

An English-language event

Rutger Bregman, Dutch historian and author

Followed by a panel discussion with
Rutger Bregman; Miriam Rehm, Junior Professor for Empirical Inequality Research at the Institute for Socio-economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen; Armon Rezai, Professor of Socio-economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business; and the historian Timothy Snyder.

Moderator: Birgit Dalheimer, Science Editor at Ö1

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Rutger Bregman has written four books on historical, philosophical and scientific subjects. The Dutch edition of his “Utopia for realists” became a national bestseller and launched a movement for universal basic income that made international headlines. The book was translated into 31 languages.

“Poverty isn’t a lack of character, it’s a lack of cash,” says Rutger Bregman

Miriam Rehm is Junior Professor for Empirical Inequality Research at the Institute for Socio-economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Previously she was an economist at the Vienna Chamber of Labour. She has worked at international organisations (e.g. ILO, UN DESA) and research institutions (SCEPA, WIFO). She has also taught at NYU, the New School, and the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Timothy Snyder is Professor of Eastern European History at Yale University (USA) and a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna. His publications have been translated into 40 languages and garnered numerous awards, including the Hannah-Arendt Prize and the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding. He is presently working on a book with a philosophical theme, addressing the subject of freedom.

Armon Rezai is a macroeconomist. He focuses on issues related to income distribution, economic growth and sustainability. His research considers at these subjects together, in order to develop solutions that are socially and ecologically compatible. As far as possible, he seeks to take account of political realities (and political inertia), so that these solutions do not remain just utopian concepts.

  • Historian and author: Rutger Bregman
  • Junior Professor for Empirical Inequality Research at the Institute for Socio-economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen: Miriam Rehm
  • Professor of Socio-economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business: Armon Rezai
  • Historian: Timothy Snyder