With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don't Pay Enough
by Peter Barnes
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Peter Barnes argues that because of globalization, automation, and winner-take-all capitalism, there won t be enough high-paying jobs to sustain America s middle class in the future. Therefore, to survive economically, our middle class needs and deserves a supplementary source of nonlabor income. To meet this need, Barnes proposes to give every American a share of the wealth we own together starting with our air and financial infrastructure. These shares would pay dividends of several thousand dollars per year money that wouldn t be welfare or wealth redistribution but legitimate property income."