The horror show that is our conditional welfare system remains unknown to most everyone. In 1993, Theresa Funiciello wrote a Pulitzer-nominated book to try to help change that by laying bare the details she learned as a welfare mother herself, and as someone who worked at an organization devoted to helping people in the welfare system. Her book is considered to be one of the most important books on welfare and poverty in America to ever be published, and it concludes with a call for unconditional basic income as the only solution to fix what's broken.
In this episode I read the final part of Tyranny of Kindness which focuses on basic income. Theresa gets into the history of the idea and how an income guarantee almost happened under Nixon, and why it was Nixon, and not LBJ who tried to get a guaranteed income through Congress. Why we don't have basic income will make more sense once you listen to this and understand who stands to lose out, and why that would change the political landscape.
My thanks also to Jenner Zero of Mind Wave Podcast for the new theme music, which I added for the first time in this episode.
Watch the Yang Gang Book Club discussion of Tyranny of Kindness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN9kLNaUtbM
Buy the book Tyranny of Kindness by Theresa Funiciello: https://amzn.to/2Zfo75s
For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq
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