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Forum II (Spring 2017)

Work Inequality Basic Income

Technology and the loss of manufacturing jobs have many worried about future mass unemployment. It is in this context that basic income—a government cash grant given unconditionally to all—has gained support from a surprising range of advocates, from Silicon Valley to labor. Our contributors explore basic income’s merits, not only as a salve for financial precarity, but as a path toward racial justice and equality. Others, more skeptical, see danger in a basic income designed without attention to workers’ power and the quality of work. Together they offer a nuanced debate about what it will take to tackle inequality and what kind of future we should aim to create.

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CONTENTS

 

 
Editor's Note
Joshua Cohen
 

 
FORUM
 
Basic Income in a Just Society
Brishen Rogers
Will Basic Income Hurt the Cause?
Patrick Diamond
Expanding the Goal of Innovation
Annette Bernhardt
A Blow to Ghettoization
Tommie Shelby
The Overdue Next Step
Peter Barnes
Basic Income Convergence
Juliana Bidadanure
Reparations and Basic Income
Dorian Warren
An Answer to the Wrong Question
Diane Coyle
Real Freedom
Philippe van Parijs
Redistributing Wealth and Power
Connie Razza
The Silicon Valley Case
Roy Bahat
A New Social Contract
David Rolf and Corrie Watterson
The Limits of Basic Income
Brishen Rogers
 

 
ESSAYS
 
A Jobless Utopia
David McDermott Hughes
The Right to Strike
James Gray Pope, Ed Bruno, and Peter Kellman
Why Coretta Scott King Fought for a Job Guarantee
David Stein
 

 
POETRY
 
From Imperial Abhorrences (and Other Abominations)
Ammiel Alcalay
Glossary of Terms
Jen Fitzgerald
From SPEECH
Jill Magi
Bargaining
Jen Fitzgerald
Swivillization (online supplement)
Rodrigo Toscano

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