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The psychological stability afforded by a guaranteed regular paycheck also emboldened some of the Finnish recipients to be more entrepreneurial. Sini Marttinen, one of the recipients, likened her experience on basic income to winning the lottery. “It gave me the security to start my own business,” she said. This entrepreneurial effect has also been observed in the past with cash transfers in places like Kenya. Vox: Finland Gave People Free Money. It Didn’t Help Them Get Jobs — but Does That Matter? Read the whole article. FacebookTwitterLinkedInredditBuffer…
What’s going on here? I call it small b blogging. It’s a virtuous cycle of making interesting connections while also being a way to clarify and strengthen my own ideas. I’m not reaching a big audience by any measure but the direct impact and benefit is material. Small b blogging is learning to write and think with the network. Small b blogging is writing content designed for small deliberate audiences and showing it to them. Small b blogging is deliberately chasing interesting ideas over pageviews and scale. An attempt at genuine connection vs the gloss and polish and mass market of…
Most of all, I remember the jolt of understanding that fell across my heart as I stood in that shipping container house and realized that the answer to the open wound of poverty is not, in fact, some Extreme Home Makeover (Move that truck!). It is not some lavish gift or building donation. The answer is not even to move into the heart of poverty and live some martyr-y, missionary version of life. The answer is a lot of average people doing a lot of average things. The answer is donations that feel completely inadequate in the face of the…
If America is not great, it is not for a lack of attention to our sensitive right-wing snowflakes. They said: hands off our guns. Well, we stand now at the moment of the most intense judicial restraint on any attempt to restrict gun ownership and use in the history of this republic. They said: lower our taxes! We are the least taxed liberal democracy on the planet, we are 37 years into a national regime of ceaseless tax reduction. They said: cut the welfare state, get rid of the safety net! The safety net has been cut, the great…
A lot of these programs were actually disempowering, Cronin-Furman found. They kept women at home, disconnected from their networks and from opportunities to organize. One government official told Cronin-Furman that despite years of training programs, she had never seen any of the women earn a living from these skills. “It’s not just that they failed to help,” Cronin-Furman said. “It’s that it actually made them worse off, cutting them off from political power.” Washington Post: Aid Groups Say They’re ‘Empowering’ Women with Cows and Chickens. They’re Not. FacebookTwitterLinkedInredditBuffer…
The survey, which was conducted in 2016, asked respondents 10 questions, on which they were then given a score from 0 to 100. In all, the average consumer score was 54. About a third of all adults in the U.S. have financial well-being scores of 50 or below, meaning they struggle to make ends meet or experience material hardship. Consumerist: More Than 40% Of Americans Struggling To Make Ends Meet FacebookTwitterLinkedInredditBuffer…
The answer, then, is not that poor people live differently, but instead, that we create a society and an economy where people who work full time can live in the community where they work. No amount of cutting back on luxury spending or driving extra hours for Uber can change the fact that there is literally nowhere in the country where a minimum wage job can support a family, that good union jobs have been in decline for decades, or that housing costs have priced people out of their homes. Cutting coupons, commuting by bike, and enjoying outdoor activities can’t really fix…
Heather marched on behalf of people she didn’t know, but valued greatly. She spoke for people who are so often silenced by people like you. She stood for those who are pushed to the margins of this life by people like you. She declared the worth of all people, regardless of the color of their skin or their sexual orientation or their religious beliefs. She lived this way; open-hearted, generously, sacrificially, humbly. She died proclaiming that another life was as precious as her own; that every human being is intrinsically valuable, that every person is worth dying for. And…
But the ugliest thing to witness on a very ugly day in the United States Senate was what John McCain did to what was left of his legacy as a national figure. He flew all the way across the country, leaving his high-end government healthcare behind in Arizona, in order to cast the deciding vote to allow debate on whatever ghastly critter emerges from what has been an utterly undemocratic process. He flew all the way across the country in order to facilitate the process of denying to millions of Americans the kind of medical treatment that is keeping…

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