The political economy of a universal basic income
: "your view of what is feasible should not be backwards looking. The normalization of gay marriage and legalization of marijuana seemed utopian and politically impossible until very recently. Yet in fact those developments are happening, and their expansion is almost inevitable
given the demographics of ideology... UBI
— defined precisely as periodic transfers of identical fixed dollar amounts to all citizens of the polity — is by far the most probable
and politically achievable
among policies that might effectively address problems
of inequality, socioeconomic fragmentation, and economic stagnation." [more inside]
Carlos Slim calls for a three-day working week
"We've got it all wrong, says Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecoms tycoon and world's second-richest man: we should be working only three days a week." also btw
: The four-day work week
Robert and Edward Skidelsky talk
about their book
"How much is enough."
Mixing economics and philosophy will obviously cause a lot of debate, but they do raise some valid points.
In Praise of Leisure
- "Imagine a world in which most people worked only 15 hours a week. They would be paid as much as, or even more than, they now are, because the fruits of their labor would be distributed more evenly across society. Leisure would occupy far more of their waking hours than work. It was exactly this prospect that John Maynard Keynes conjured up in a little essay published in 1930 called 'Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren
.' Its thesis was simple. As technological progress made possible an increase in the output of goods per hour worked, people would have to work less and less to satisfy their needs, until in the end they would have to work hardly at all... He thought this condition might be reached in about 100 years — that is, by 2030." (via
) [more inside]
Elizabeth Kolbert explores the case against kids.
Drawing from the work of philosophy professors David Benatar
, Christine Overall
and economist Bryan Caplan
, Kolbert examines the justifications for reproducing.
Homelessness: Cutting out the middle men (Economist)
"The most efficient way to spend money on the homeless might be to give it to them". [more inside]
is the knowledge of Life and everything pertaining thereto." The collected works
of Alfred Lawson
- professional baseball player
, aviation pioneer
, and philosopher
- are available to all. [more inside]
More from the Textual Analysis Department
: Spiderman as class warrior. "This battle of good vs. evil features the alter egos of an orphan raised by financially-strapped working class relatives versus an egotistical corporate executive."