In These Times
- An Old Idea for a Guaranteed Income Is Back in Style - A new proposal for a negative income tax could eliminate poverty in the United States.
In these heady days of progressive proposals for massive increases in the federal budget, such as the Democrats’ recently announced $3.5 trillion human infrastructure package, a timely paper has reopened an old debate with a new proposal for a guaranteed national income, in the form of a negative income tax (NIT). The NIT, first proposed in the 1970s, is one type of income guarantee. It provides a cash benefit to individuals—an income floor—that declines as their income from other sources […]
- We Need Radical Economic Change—Not Biden's Corporate Capitalism - Stimulus packages are not enough. Only practices of deep democracy and shared ownership can end our cycle of economic disaster.
President Joe Biden’s stimulus packages do not fulfill his promise to “build back better.” We must demand more. All the stimulus packages, from the first (under former President Donald Trump) to the most recent (Biden’s American Rescue Plan), have one thing in common: They attempt to restore the order that created the problem in the first place. Corporate capitalism’s disregard for the needs of workers, families and communities—along with its contempt for regulatory and ecological […]
- Documentary: Factory Farms Pose an 'Existential Threat' for Rural Wisconsin Communities - Big Agriculture and the factory farming industry are taking over more of the US landscape and farming economy every year. But these rural communities in Wisconsin are fighting back.
Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on The Real News Network.The rural landscape in the US is changing drastically: The days of the independent family farm have given way to industrial agriculture and factory animal farms. In states around the country, from Iowa and Minnesota to North Carolina, the expansion of Big Agriculture and the factory farming industry has dramatically altered local economies and communities, using up communal resources while posing serious threats to […]