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Fifth Episode of The Dispatch Book Club Out Now
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Fifth Episode of The Dispatch Book Club Out Now

A new Book Club podcast is out for members-only.

Dear members, 

The next episode of The Dispatch Book Club is here and it’s an especially good one with Rutger Bregman, the author of Humankind: A Hopeful History

Bregman, a young Dutch thinker, is not to be messed with. As the Guardian wrote, he became an “online sensation at Davos last year when he turned on his audience, condemning the absurdity of the rich taking 1,500 private jets to hear David Attenborough warn of the climate crisis and, above all, their failure to pay their taxes (or even to mention the word). He said he felt as if he were ‘at a firefighters’ conference and no one’s allowed to speak about water.’”

We talked about his new book, which examines what it means to be human. Bregman takes on the eternal question of whether humans are by nature selfish, violent, tribal creatures … or something else entirely. I didn’t agree with everything he wrote, but I immensely enjoyed the book: It was thought-provoking and counter-cultural at a time when too many thinkers fit neatly into political stereotypes. Our resulting conversation did not disappoint.

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To end the year, I will talk with The Dispatch’s own David French about John Green’s book The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet. The discussion page can be found here. Be sure to leave your questions and thoughts in the comments section.   

Enjoy.

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Sarah Isgur is a senior editor at The Dispatch and is based in northern Virginia. Prior to joining the company in 2019, she had worked in every branch of the federal government and on three presidential campaigns. When Sarah is not hosting podcasts or writing newsletters, she’s probably sending uplifting stories about spiders to Jonah, who only pretends to love all animals.