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Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn Hardcover – February 20, 2018
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"I admire Chris’s commitment to apply his talent, experience, and wealth to tackle some of our toughest problems." ―Bill Gates
"The American Dream is slipping away―too many people are working too hard and they’re still sinking, not even able to cover the basic costs of living. Fair Shot offers a new tool for economic mobility: a guaranteed income to all working people―even those whose work hasn’t been recognized or compensated with income before." ―Arianna Huffington
"If we are to be true to the principles of our nation’s founding, opportunity cannot be solely the province of the wealthy and well-connected. Yet the promise that if you work hard you can get ahead is broken for millions of Americans. As we strive to build a fairer, more inclusive country, Fair Shot is a very important read. These ideas must be part of the conversation as we consider how best to ensure the American Dream is available to all. This mission of securing the dream for all presents an urgency for every American; the strength and future of our nation depend on our success." ―Senator Cory Booker
"America was never a meritocracy, but the belief that it was fueled the American Dream and maintained social peace. Now the gig is up. Massive wealth is in the hands of a small number of people lucky enough to have been at the right places and times to grab it, while most Americans are going nowhere and can't even rely on a steady income. What’s the answer? In this thoughtful book, Chris Hughes―one of the lucky ones―explains why we need a guaranteed income, and how his life experiences have brought him to this conclusion. He makes a powerful and compelling argument that should be at the center of the national economic debate." ―Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor and author of the national bestseller Saving Capitalism
"...deeply felt and cogently argued...Hughes makes a powerful case that deserves a respectful hearing." ―The Financial Times
“...Fair Shot is a provocative, experientially grounded contribution to the debate around a once-outlandish idea that if it hasn’t found its time yet is at least having a moment.”―Stephen Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250196590
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250196590
- Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.93 x 7.83 inches
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (February 20, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #883,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Instead, a federal UBI should replace a portion of our current safety-net and be smoothly integrated with a new tax code to make both far more efficient and eliminate "benefit cliffs", where the loss of benefits added to taxes prohibits a climb out of poverty. Creating a $50,000 basic income limit, just creates another benefit cliff.
Capitalism encourages innovation and economic growth, but governmental structures need a radical fix to make the safety-net/tax code more efficient and inclusive for those toward the bottom of the income scale. This book makes a good case for change, just not the specific changes presented.
Top reviews from other countries
Made me think of new ideas I've never considered and certainly something that will provoke debate
I agree with this takeaway. It seems like the most sensible and realistic stepping stone towards a poverty-free world.
I didn’t much care for the autobiographical aspects of the book. They were written well, but I didn’t feel that they tied into the core message in a compelling way. I wish there was more nuts-and-bolts about basic income and less about Chris, who I’m not familiar with.