How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation

By Ellen Brown The policy of guaranteeing every citizen a universal basic income is gaining support around the world, as automation increasingly makes jobs obsolete. But can it be funded without raising taxes or triggering hyperinflation? In a panel I was on at the NexusEarth cryptocurrency conference in Aspen September 21-23rd, most participants said no. This is my rebuttal. In May 2017, a team of researchers at the University of Oxford published the results of a survey of the […] Read More

No Matter Your Skills, It All Comes Down to Wages: A 180-degree Turn Away from Debt Economy

Dog eat dog? Think of any number of all-American axioms: Survival of the fittest? Winner takes all? Those who have, rule; those who do not have are the reason for their own destitution and undoing? The meek shall inherit the earth? I have the luxury of being 59, having had dozens of jobs inside and outside my skills sets, experience, and educational background. This 35,000-foot view has also been honed by living abroad in such places as Azores, Paris, […] Read More

Big Crony CEO Pay Grab: Effects Beyond Greed!

As the New Year gets underway, the highest-paid CEOs of many large corporations have already paid themselves more than the average worker will earn in the entire year!  By the end of the first week of January, the highest-paid CEOs had already made as much as their average workers will earn over 8 years. An analysis by Equilar, a consulting firm specializing in executive pay, found that on average, the 200 highest-paid CEOs make approximately $22.6 million a year, […] Read More

Robert Reich: In the New Economy, Workers Take on All the Risk

More Americans than ever don’t know what they’ll be earning next week. That’s why we need income insurance. As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow. This varied group includes independent contractors, temporary workers, the self-employed, part-timers, freelancers, and free agents. Most file 1099s rather than W2s, for tax purposes. On demand and on call – in the “share” economy, the “gig” economy, or, more prosaically, the “irregular” economy – […] Read More

$75k Income Not Enough to Keep a Third of US Households From Living Paycheck-To-Paycheck

A third of higher income Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, even when they earn $75,000 a year because they would rather spend money on eating out and experiences than save money for retirement, according to a new survey. In a poll of 519 households earning $75,000 or more, nearly a third of them live paycheck-to-paycheck, at least some of the time, SunTrust Bank found. Almost half (44 percent) of participants said that spending on lifestyle purchases – like dining out […] Read More

Why Does Maryland Have The Most Millionaires Per Capita? The Answer Might Make You Angry

The fat cats in Washington D.C. are living the high life, and they are doing it at your expense.  Over the past decade, there has been one area of the country which has experienced a massive economic boom.  Thanks to wildly out of control government spending, the Washington D.C. region is absolutely swimming in cash.  In fact, at this point the state of Maryland has the most millionaires per capita in the entire nation and it isn’t even close.  […] Read More

We’re Killing Ourselves on the Job –The Problem Is About Wealth and Wages: Not More Work

It’s time to build a labor movement that stands for less labor—not more. This story first appeared at Labor Notes.  I keep getting these emails from the Laborers union: “The Keystone XL Pipeline isn’t just a pipeline, but a lifeline to good, family-supporting jobs.” In the labor movement we’re supposed to be for anything that creates more paid work. But here’s some heresy for you: I think we need less work. Senators who voted against the pipeline in November, the […] Read More

The Widening Wealth Gap In The United States

Antonius Aquinas Activist Post A recently released Pew Research Center study confirms what every thinking American has understood for quite some time: the wealth gap between rich and poor has widened considerably since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008. The study’s statistics probably underestimate the plight of struggling families and individuals compared to upper-income groups, as the median wealth of upper-income families totaled $639,000 in 2013 – 6.6 times the median wealth of middle-income families of $96,000. […] Read More

Unemployment Dropped Below 6% — So What’s the Bad News?

Some powerful folks want to see interest rates rise to prevent people from getting jobs and demanding higher wages. The jobs report on Friday showed the economy created 248,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate fell below 6.0 percent for the first time since the early days of the recession. This is good news for workers. While we are still far from anything resembling full employment, it is getting easier for people to find jobs. If the economy […] Read More

Mohamed El-Erian Finally Breaks The Silence On Gross’ Departure: “I Was Very Surprised”

It has been a week since Bill Gross dropped a tape-bomb on the fixed-income market and walked away from the firm he founded decades ago. Since then the world and their pet rabbit have commented (most notably David Tepper’s “who cares?”); but one man has been markedly silent… until now. In an interview on Bloomberg TV, former PIMCO Co-CEO Mohamed Al-Erian told Betty Liu that Bill Gross’ “departure – the fact that it happened and how it happened – […] Read More

Are The Swiss Going Crazy? $25 Minimum Wage Referendum In May

Submitted by Pater Tenebrarum of Acting-Man blog, Most of our readers probably know what we think of minimum wages, but let us briefly recapitulate: there is neither a sensible economic, nor a sensible ethical argument supporting the idea. Let us look at the economic side of things first: for one thing, the law of supply and demand is not magically suspended when it comes to the price of labor. Price it too high, and not the entire supply will […] Read More

2014: More Lies Leveled Against Raising the Minimum Wage — This Time by the Federal Govt. Itself?

The truth: economists say raising the federal minimum to $10.10 would lift somewhere between 4.6 and 6 million households above the poverty line. In the midst of a crucial political debate that plainly favored proponents of a higher minimum wage, the Congressional Budget Office dropped a bombshell headline this week. Increasing the minimum to $10.10 an hour — as demanded by President Barack Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill — would “cost 500,000 jobs.” At a moment when employment […] Read More

Elizabeth Warren: Minimum Wage Would Be $22 An Hour If It Had Kept Up With Productivity

The Huffington Post By Nick Wing Posted: 03/18/2013 12:34 pm EDT Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) made a case for increasing the minimum wage last week during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing, in which she cited a study that suggested the federal minimum wage would have stood at nearly $22 an hour today if it had kept up with increased rates in worker productivity. “If we started in 1960 and we said that as productivity goes up, that is as workers […] Read More