Humankind was released with almost unbelievable timing. Just as this book came along, arguing that we are fundamentally cooperative and decent rather than competitive and selfish, the first wave of Covid-19 put the thesis to the test on a global scale. Rutger Bregman was vindicated. Yes, there were a few fights over toilet paper. But by and large, in every place, across every population, under every political system, people came together to protect one another.

“The response from the vast majority of people has been impressive and resilient, millions of people around the world radically adjusting ...


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