Left-Wing America Steps Up Calls For Free Money, Jobs Guarantee
"Mark Paul and William Darity, Jr. from Duke University, along with Darrick Hamilton from the Milano School of International Affairs, argued that the country needs a federal jobs guarantee in an article published recently in Jacobin Magazine, a self-proclaimed “leading voice of the American left.”
Supporters of a UBI argue that a government-subsidized wage guarantee to all citizens would stave off job loss from automation and advancements in technology.
“Why We Need a Federal Job Guarantee,” theorizes that “giving everyone a job is the best way to democratize the economy and give workers leverage in the workplace.”
Paul, Darity, and Hamilton argue that a UBI could successfully cover workers who have lost their jobs due to technological advancements. “Existing social insurance programs are insufficient,” the professors write. They offer five reasons in support a federal jobs guarantee, including the notion of preempting the problem before it is widespread. “Robots haven’t taken over yet,” they write, suggesting that getting ahead of the problem will reduce the number of “poor Americans.”
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