The Case for Cash for All
Chris Hughes

Great argument.

My mother (now gone) was also born in 1932, the hardest working woman I knew who became a high school dropout in order to find work and assist her mother with the upkeep of her younger siblings. In the 70s as a child in Pittsburgh, I remember when poor Blacks had jobs, when pride for work was a healthy as Black pride — I remember people looking down upon their neighbors if you did not hold a job. By the early 80s the steel mills and factory jobs were increasingly scarce, the many Pittsburgh pubs became dens of shared misery — if pain can’t swim booze is an easy way to drown your pains. Decades later my understanding of neoliberal economic policies I know look back at the 70s/80s much like a horror film whereby a supernatural villain sucked the life out of working class people (and exchanged it with crack-cocaine) for its own perpetual thirst for profit. There’s no denying the great vanishing of American jobs in the 70s/80s into foreign territories for cheaper labor and into prisons for even cheaper (slave) labor. Even well educated adjunct academics (myself included) are struggling — if not dying in poverty due to neoliberal practices in academia. I’ll wrap this up by saying, basic income should no longer be a debate, it should be a lock-and-step process with automation and the realities of globalization; it’s only insanity not to. For the privileged folks out there, you’ll only be positioning a privileged spot in hell if decreasing poverty does not become national reform.

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.