The gist: a lot of full-time jobs in the modern economy simply don’t pay a living wage. And even those jobs may be obliterated by new technologies. What’s to be done so that financially vulnerable people aren’t just crushed? It may finally be time for an idea that economists have promoted for decades: a guaranteed basic income.
This topic is inspired by personal experience - the frustration of trying to heal from symptoms related to food sensitivities & digestive issues and getting no real help from medical doctors in the process. I had multiple symptoms that could no longer be ignored and I was afraid of the direction my health would go if I didn't fix them. I knew there was a correlation to diet, and so I started experimenting.
THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.
or The Drastic Change in Public Education You've Probably Never Heard Of
"The Common Core, the most significant change to American public education in a generation, was hailed by the Obama administration as a way of lifting achievement at low-performing schools. After decades of rote learning, children would become nimble thinkers equipped for the modern age, capable of unraveling improper fractions and drawing connections between Lincoln and Pericles."
from Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes, by Javier C. Hernandez for The New York Times
I was confronted by a product slide while on my way to (like it's a real journey to a digital destination) Amazon.com to buy something I've already forgotten about. Being the short-of-attention stubborn skeptic I am, I immediately wanted to determine exactly how Amazon was definitely not going to change my shopping experience.
So I clicked the slide.
I have an ongoing list of about 100/150 books I need to read. Mostly from other lists people have made of Books You Have to Read Before You Die, the Most Influential Books You'll Ever Read, Books That Will Change Your Life, and so on. Then a friend recommended an article on NPR, which I named this post after (read on)...