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  1. Jan 2021
    1. I remember reading Matt Bruenig when I was in college, and he was like, “Well, actually Social Security was the most effective pathway to bring people out of poverty.”  I wrote a story in 2017 called “Why Education Is Not the Key to a Good Income,” and it was looking at this growing body of research that showed it was not your level of education that determined your chances of rising economic mobility. It was these other factors—like what kind of industries were in your community, union density, some of it was marriage. 

      makes sense... the best way out of poverty isn't education... it's money.

    1. “Creators want to create. Creators don't need to be paid to create. However, creators also need to eat. Creators need to have homes. Creators can't create so long as they aren't free to create,”

      So true.

  2. Aug 2020
    1. A more compelling vision, grounded in a materialist analysis of the conditions of production, would be a world where no one needs to get paid for these contributions because their material needs are taken care of through other means.

      Absolutely. The argument is always "how will creators get paid" and if they don't get paid, "why would they create?" but this completely misses the point. Creators don't create to get paid, they create to create. Payment is a nice side effect of creation (sometimes). It would be really neat to see a UBI situation where creators are freed up to do what drives them instead of what they need to do to pay the bills.

  3. Jun 2020
  4. May 2019
    1. Suppose college tuition was free and every first-year had a guaranteed job lined up for after graduation. This parallel universe does exist at military-service academies—and at West Point, Annapolis, and Colorado Springs, humanities majors are at about the same level as they were in 2008.

      Huge clue re: precarity's effect. Also a bit of a portent in the possible effect of a Universal Basic Income. Which has to now become a new tag I use...

  5. Mar 2019
  6. Jul 2018
  7. Apr 2017
    1. Swiss voters will decide in a referendum on June 5 whether to introduce a “basic income”. In proposed reforms to the social welfare system, all residents would be entitled to a guaranteed income of SFr30,000 ($30,275) a year from the state — unconditionally.

      I don't think this happened?