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Each week, another magazine, book, or think tank sketches a dystopian near-future in which automation renders workers unnecessary. Is a basic income the solution?
‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ raised important questions about inequality that the Ivory Tower would rather ignore.
Basic income is a seductive poison that would benefit the margins of society at the expense of the middle class and immigrants.
A basic income that supplemented existing welfare structures could make everyone safer while ending the most pernicious forms of policing.
Recipients of basic income continue to work, spend less on vice, and are able to invest in long-term plans.
Paul Niehaus, Michael Faye
Two new books argue that the student debt crisis is a media myth. But they ignore the exploitation of disadvantaged students by for-profit colleges.
States are stealing from orphans to pad their budgets. And it's legal.
How did we come to view social insurance as socialist?
Local government can't fix our problems. Only big government can.
Cities are now playgrounds for the rich, with the poor forced into suburbs.
Claude S. Fischer
Terrible schools are still great for business in New Orleans.
Half a century on, we need to recommit ourselves to correcting the conditions that undergirded the civil unrest of the 1960s.
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