THE SCOTTISH MORTGAGE INVESTMENT TRUST EVENT
Rutger Bregman: There is Hope for the Human Race
Sun 16 Aug 16:00 - 17:00
The New York Times Main Theatre Online
‘Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.’ So said Abraham Lincoln in one of his rousing speeches, but it is a sentiment that could come straight out of the playbook of popular Dutch historian Rutger Bregman.
Bregman's compelling ‘hopeful history,’ Humankind, is a bracingly optimistic account of human nature. Essentially, in his view, the vast majority of people are pretty decent. He contrasts this idea with biologist Frans de Waal’s ‘veneer theory’ which posits that beneath a thin skin of human decency, there’s a savage waiting to burst forth.
Superbly readable and full of fascinating evidence, Bregman’s book also looks at how his optimistic analysis of human nature could play out in policy terms. Hyper-local participatory democracy? Schools with little or no curriculum? A change to the tough treatment of people serving time in prisons? In this event Bregman shares his invigorating thesis with Lee Randall.
This is a live event, with an author Q&A.
Part of our Ideas for Our Times: The Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Event Series series of events.