With so much talk about economic inequality, Rutger Bregman’s book “Utopia for Realists,” has been causing a stir. In it, Bregman advocates for a 15-hour workweek, universal basic income, and open borders. Most dismiss Bregman’s “utopia” as delusional.
On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian, and Peter explore the history of utopias. From the Oneida’s dream of non-nuclear family structures to the rise and fall of Pullman’s model company town, we look at why the idea of “utopianism” has appealed to so many Americans and to what effect.
Help us shape the show! Have you ever lived in a utopian community? Do you live near one? What do you think the appeal of “utopias” is to Americans today?