As automation increases and wages remain stagnant for working families, politician Ameya Pawar is promising a simple, radical solution: universal basic income.
Chicago politician Ameya Pawar argues that universal basic income is the solution we've been searching for. With stagnating wages and robotic automation already taking many jobs, giving every citizen a free government salary could be the answer. Anyone who studies international affairs and public policy can look to examples of universal basic income tests to see if it's been successful. While Donald Trump supporters and Republicans will question its success, motivation to try something new is high. Milton Friedman and Richard Nixon believed in a version of universal basic income. Pawar argues that giving people cash will created an economic stimulus. He also says recent Nobel Prize winning work suggests the best way to help people in poverty is to give them agency. Pawar calls out Reagan for perpetuating a negative image of poor people.
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