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With Liberty and Dividends For All

Jobs alone can’t sustain a large middle class in the future—there just aren’t, and won’t be, enough good-pay­­ing jobs to do that. If we want to retain a large middle class in America, we must supplement labor income with non-labor income. The best way to do that is with dividends from wealth we own together.
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Pawns

Describes how teenagers are recruited, trained and turned into pawns of American foreign policy, and argues for a right to conscientious objection to specific wars.
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Climate Solutions

Demystifies climate policy so that citizens can play an active role in forming it. Describes local, state and national policy options and encour­ages citizens to get involved.
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Capitalism 3.0

Proposes a new operating system for capitalism in which critical eco­systems would be man­aged by trusts on behalf of future gener­ations and all living persons equally.
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Who Owns the Sky?

Argues that the atmo­sphere is a commons and that by treating it as such, we can curb greenhouse gas emissions while paying dividends to everyone. Calls for creation of a sky trust to manage America’s share of the atmosphere on behalf of future generations and all Americans equally.
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The People’s Land

Two hundred years ago, America envisioned itself as a demo­cratic nation of independent land owners. Today, in many places, giant absentee landlords—timber companies, railroads, energy and agri­business corporations—dominate the lives of local residents. This book delineates both the history of land ownership in America and potential ways to broaden it.
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Beyond Jobs: Our Right to Dividends

PBS NewsHour, August 27, 2014

LEAVE ASIDE the fact that creating millions of new jobs in a globalized, automated economy is a lot harder than it sounds. The deeper difficulty with the jobs panacea is that crappy jobs won’t sustain a large middle class — and most of the jobs we’re creating these days fit that description.

In the heyday of America’s middle class, jobs at IBM and General Motors were often jobs for life. Employers offered decent wages, health insurance, paid vacations and defined pensions. Nowadays, such jobs are rare. Workers are expendable — often they’re literally contractors — and their benefits are shrinking. And that’s unlikely to change.

It’s also unlikely that the jobs of the future will pay more (adjusted for inflation) than today’s. In unionized industries like autos and airlines, two-tier contracts are now the norm. This means that younger workers get paid substantially less than older ones for doing the same work.

Nor is the picture brighter in other industries. In the Labor Department’s latest list of occupations with the greatest projected job growth, only one out of six pays over $60,000 a year. The question that leaps from these numbers is: where are the millions of good-paying jobs that are needed to sustain a large middle class? The Labor Department doesn’t say. Nor does anyone else.

The question that needs to be asked is: from where might the middle class get some non-labor income?

There are two possibilities. One is to raise taxes on the rich and distribute the revenue using some kind of means test. The other is to pay equal dividends to everyone from wealth we own together.

I BELIEVE the latter approach is better because it’s based not on redistribution but on shared ownership.

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