by Rutger Bregman 

If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ancient thinkers and modern ones, it is the tacit assumption that humans are bad. It’s a notion that drives newspaper headlines and guides the laws that shape our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we’re taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest. 

But what if it isn’t true? International bestseller Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history, setting out to prove that we are hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust one another. In fact this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of Homo sapiens.

Interview with the Author

Books on Pod with Trey Elling
#139 – Rutger Bregman on HUMANKIND
6/11/21        61 min

Vox Conversations
Are humans fundamentally good? (with Rutger Bregman)
6/1/20       101 min

Intelligence Squared
Rutger Bregman on Human Kindness in a Frightened World with Helen Lewis
8/28/20       58 min

History Extra
Rutger Bregman’s optimistic history of the world
5/20/20       37 min

Yang Speaks
Humankind: Good or Evil? Rutget Bregman explains.
6/18/20       85 min

The Book Club
Rutger Bregman: Humankind
6/24/20        48 min

The Jordan Harbinger Show
494: Rutger Bregman | Humankind: A Hopeful History
4/13/21        75 min

The Good Fight
Is there Hope for Humanity? (Yes)
12/12/20       77 min

The Bookomi Podcast
9: Rutger Bregman – Humankind: A Hopeful History
5/20/20       28 min

Uncommon Sense
Rutger Bregman overturns centuries of belief in the selfishness of humankind
6/2/20       59 min

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