Review of Raising the Floor, by Andy Stern
December 30, 2019
This is my review of Raising the Floor by Andy Stern, originally posted to Goodreads.
Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream by Andy Stern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I strongly recommend Raising the Floor to anyone interested in learning more about the idea of a Universal Basic Income and its place in today’s political conversation. In it, Andy Stern, former president of the Service Employees International Union, one of America’s largest and most influential unions, describes his journey from championing more traditional labor politics and policies to believing that a UBI is an urgent and necessary solution to the continued success of American workers. This book was the impetus for much of the thinking behind Andrew Yang’s entire presidential campaign and especially his $1,000/month Freedom Dividend, and even as someone who’s been reading a lot about technological unemployment and UBI for almost a decade, I found it presented the case for and alternatives to UBI in a refreshingly clear and compelling manner.
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