I've just published a new 4,000+ word feature-length article over on Medium where I provide a full defense of Andrew Yang's Freedom Dividend from a progressive perspective. Progressives need to understand just how much poverty and inequality Yang's UBI would reduce, and also just how emancipatory it is to have an opt-in design that will free people from the neoliberal paternalism of conditions that punish people via programs like TANF and SNAP.
Special thanks also to Sinnerman for the cover illustration, which he created for this article after reading an early draft. If you'd like a high-resolution version, you can find it here as a 7600x4500 20 MB attachment.
Primary season has begun and as Trump marches toward a possible second term, a list of Democrats over 20-candidates-long is vying for the honor of being the one who prevents that from happening. One of those candidates, Andrew Yang, has proposed a universal basic income of $1,000 per month that he calls a “Freedom Dividend.” As a longtime advocate of UBI, I have something to say about this, and the details of his plan as proposed. This article is meant to be a detailed response to anyone claiming Yang “doesn’t care about the poor,” or that “a VAT makes the UBI regressive,” or that Yang’s plan “increases inequality” and is a “neoliberal Trojan horse meant to destroy the safety net.” None of those claims reflect reality. The reality is that while Yang’s proposal can certainly be improved, if signed into law as proposed, the Freedom Dividend would be the single most progressive policy advance ever signed into law in American history. To understand why this is true, we need to dive into the details, so here we go…
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