Magazine January 25, 2021, Issue

Humankind’s Superficial History of Humanity

Earth rises above the lunar horizon in an image captured during the Apollo 11 mission, July 1969 (NASA)
Humankind: A Hopeful History, by Rutger Bregman, translated by Erica Moore and Elizabeth Manton (Little, Brown, 480 pp., $30)

In 2019, Rutger Bregman went viral. Invited to speak on a panel at the World Economic Forum, the annual self-flagellation session for the super-rich in Davos, Switzerland, the progressive Dutch author railed against the reluctance of the conference’s wealthy attendees to talk about taxation: “Taxes, taxes, taxes. All the rest is bullsh**, in my opinion.” A video clip of his social-media-ready shot at the 0.1 percent was all over Twitter for several days (a lifetime on that platform).

Bregman’s recent book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, is further evidence of his savvy as a salesman in today’s marketplace of ideas: First, take

This article appears as “Humanity’s Hidden Goodness?” in the January 25, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


The Week

The Week

Republicans put up two weak candidates in a competitive state, and then discouraged their voters from showing up.

The Great Reset

Lunatic paranoids think it means a lizard in the shape of Bill Gates is going to microchip everyone with a vaccine so we can be tracked.
The Long View


Senator, please review this and note changes, thanks — fundraising letter needs to drop tomorrow PM!!!!


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