Striking a new bargain: Better jobs for more Americans

MinnPost, Wednesday, May 30, 2018
What can we do? A federal jobs guarantee, advocated by Institute advisor William Darity Jr. might be preferable to “universal basic income” in part because jobs provide social networks and, indeed, self-worth. Wage subsidies, “baby bonds,” expungement of criminal records, enforcement of... Read More »

Civil Rights Unionism

Jacobin, Wednesday, May 30, 2018
By any measure, black tobacco workers in 1940s Winston-Salem, North Carolina were down at the bottom of the social hierarchy. They endured severe voting restrictions and segregated accommodations in public, all-powerful bosses and racist job assignments at work, and deplorable living conditions at... Read More »

Will Starbucks anti-bias training for employees be effective?

WRAL, Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Even with the training, however, Sarah Gaither, a Duke assistant professor of psychology, expressed doubt that the company's effort would be enough. "I think a lot of people assume that a training, a lecture, a session, a brief exposure should be a good thing because it is better than nothing,"... Read More »

How do you beat a liar? You don’t play his game

The Hill, Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Democrats must be dull. We must return to the safety of tried-and-true winning tactics such as discussing the economy and health care. I don’t think that the Democrat slogan for 2018 — A Better Deal for Our Democracy — is as catchy as Make America Great Again, but it’s at least honest and... Read More »

California congressman has a “jobs for all” plan to unite both wings of the Democratic party

Mic, Monday, May 28, 2018
On April 23, Sanders (I-Vt.) announced his intention to introduce a bill that would require the federal government to give every unemployed person a job paying a minimum of $15 per-hour. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tweeted her support for a federal job guarantee and Sen.... Read More »

Full Employment and Freedom

Jacobin, Friday, May 25, 2018
n recent weeks, a federal job guarantee has rapidly gained momentum, with many Democrats backing the idea. That’s welcome news to those who have long advocated the goal — activists in black freedom movements and the National Jobs for All Coalition, as well as contemporary... Read More »

What You Need To Know About The Baby Bonds Proposal

Bezinga, Thursday, May 24, 2018
Wealth inequality has reached a flash point in the United States. The world’s top economists are proposing radical solutions for closing the disparity, and the “Baby Bonds” proposal may be one of the most interesting ideas yet: Darrick Hamilton and William Darity want to give every baby... Read More »

Hidden Rules of Race are Embedded in the New Tax Law

The Roosevelt Institute, Thursday, May 24, 2018
The federal tax code is one of the most powerful tools of economic policymaking, housing critical rules that govern our economy. As such, it is also home to a set of hidden racial rules that, through intention or neglect, provide opportunities to some communities and create barriers for others.... Read More »

Cities Need to Look Back in Order to Move Forward

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Wednesday, May 23, 2018
At the same time, another study just out—What We Get Wrong About Closing the Racial Wealth Gap by researchers at Duke University’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity—shows that blacks, while constituting just under 13 percent of the nation’s population, own less than 3 percent of the nation... Read More »

Digital Capitalism’s War on Leisure

Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Over time, with that operating system running in the background, the cultural acceptance of market encroachments into leisure and other domains would likely ebb as more people came to appreciate alternatives to the commodified life. And this could be accelerated with publicly provisioned options... Read More »