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O My America: Baby Bonds

WHY CAN’T WE CELEBRATE THE END OF WORK? by Lawrence Bush   THERE’S A NEW proposal by two economists that’s being discussed in the media these days, for Baby Bonds — that every child born as a citizen of the U.S. would receive a bond ranging from $500 for very rich babies to $50,000 for very poor […]

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From Job Loss to Guaranteed Basic Income

AUTOMATION AND THE POST-SCARCITY ECONOMY by Dusty Sklar From the Summer 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   THE IDEA of providing a universal basic income (UBI) to all families has begun to take root in the U.S. among both conservatives and liberals. For the former, it’s a way actually to shrink the welfare state by folding […]

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Embracing Technology

AUTOMATION AND A POST-SCARCITY SOCIETY by Ezra Jampole From the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   The fear of losing one’s job permeates the minds of many Americans, and resulted in the election of the most terrifying threat to democracy the nation has seen. While Republicans unfairly blame immigrants for the destruction of jobs […]

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Here Come the Robots

by Terry H. Schwadron FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL candidates, promises about jobs, job creation, and saving the middle class are staples. In just the last couple of weeks, Donald Trump was in Pittsburgh, decrying international trade agreements and promising to bring steel manufacture and jobs back to the region. Hillary Clinton talks about government-sponsored infrastructure jobs […]

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Automation and the Minimum Wage

The Future of Eating Out: Microwaved Frozen Food Served by Robots by Marc Jampole The dining experience of most Americans is beginning to resemble how the agricultural industry prefers to raise cattle and chickens: an impersonal, industrialized process. Unbeknownst to many, most of the food eaten in casual dining restaurants comes to the restaurant already […]

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