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Give People Money


Imagine if every month the government deposited $500 into your bank account, with nothing expected in return.

Universal basic income (UBI)—the idea of giving every citizen an annual stipend, no questions asked—has become one of the most influential and hotly debated policy ideas of our time, with futurists to libertarians, Nobel Prize–winning economists to union organizers, promoting this “social vaccine” as a counterbalance to grinding poverty, stagnating mobility, and increasing inequality.

This idea, first championed by Thomas Paine and later Martin Luther King, Jr., has been piloted in places like Canada and Finland and is revisited in the U.S. in two new books, Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World by economics writer Annie Lowrey, and Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.

On July 11 join New America NYC  for a conversation moderated by New America Senior Fellow Georgia Levenson Keohane that examines the specific forces that have created today’s growing economic unfairness and what impact this burgeoning international policy movement could play in combating it.

PARTICIPANTS

Chris Hughes @chrishughes
Co-chair, Economic Security Project
Co-founder, Facebook
Author, Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn

Georgia Levenson Keohane @GeorgiaKeohane
Senior Fellow, New America
Author, Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance is Tackling the World's Most Urgent Problems

Annie Lowrey @AnnieLowrey
Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
Author, Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow the conversation online using #FairShot and #GivePeopleMoney and at @NewAmericaNYC.

Copies of Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World and Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn will be available for purchase.