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Guy Standing | Why a basic income

It is from the champions of the impossible Rather than the slaves of the possible, That evolution draws its creative force. — Barbara Wootton Since at least Thomas More’s Utopia of 1516, many thinkers have flirted with the idea of a basic income – everybody in society receiving a regular amount of income as a right. Some have recoiled at the effrontery of the idea; some have mocked it, as […]

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Charles Joseph Albert | Disparity

We only honor the greediest– Carnegie, Rockefeller, Trump, Hearst– and never speak of more humble chiefs who chose to pay themselves less than a thousand times their workers rate. Just as no one remembers the name of the humble apartments behind the Vatican. When I was twenty I saw St. Peter’s, its orgy of polychrome marbles a shrine to papal conceit built by thousands of peasants. Did they go home […]

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Sharing the wealth | Economics for a small planet

Quite a few excellent movies on the economy have been released since the crash of 2008. Most have been mainstream releases, which I presume those interested have seen. If not, I recommend, in particular, The Big Short and Inside Job. Both will foment anger and frustration that the financial market behavior that led to the crash has not only gone unpunished, but with rare exceptions, its perpetrators have returned to […]

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Jennifer Clark | Castaways

Here, we have all the bamboo we’ll ever need. Everyone eats. The millionaires and the least of us sleep in huts. Everyone, except maybe the Professor, wastes time planning to escape paradise. Even those of us brave and sure as the Skipper get caught up in the storm of life with little buddies who, no matter how hard or little they work, bungle our best of schemes. We dwell in […]

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