Thursday, September 9, 2010

things that don't change: race and class, then and now

Googling about guaranteed income, aka Basic income guarantee or Guaranteed minimum income (a privilege currently enjoyed by the rich, so they shouldn't object to it), I came across The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Final Words of Advice. King's first sentence:
In the treatment of poverty nationally, one fact stands out: there are twice as many white poor as Negro poor in the United States.
That's still true.

PS. From King's "Final Words of Advice":
...the programs of the past all have another common failing -- they are indirect. Each seeks to solve poverty by first solving something else.

I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective -- the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.