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Universal Basic Income, The Coronavirus & Buckminster Fuller

Rather than raising hopes of inevitably returning to the state of affairs we knew before the pandemic, the coronavirus is forcing us to rethink anew an entire range of previous assumptions about how we manage our lives. With tens of millions now out of work, and businesses floundering and crashing all around, how are individuals […]

Garbage Man.

Every Wednesday, at our apartment complex, early in the morning, I hear the repeated horn-like signal of the garbage truck backing in through the gate and pulling up to several large overstuffed metal bins. The whole operation – truck driver, dragging the oversized garbage bins to the back of the truck, bin operator – is […]

Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”: Meat Packing, Then & Now

Over a hundred years ago, in 1906, “The Jungle”, a book by American writer Upton Sinclair, was published, exposing labor and sanitary conditions in the U.S. meatpacking industry.  The book caused a public uproar, contributing in part to the passage a few months later of the Pure Food and Drug Act and Meat Inspection Act. […]

Disappearing Work & Universal Basic Income

Work is changing rapidly in the United States. The unemployment rate presently is somewhere around 4%; but that’s deceiving.  Many are working at minimum or low wage jobs, or working two or three part-time jobs to survive.  Many are driving part-time for Uber or Lyft, or living two or three families in an apartment in […]