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288 pages, Paperback
First published July 10, 2018
"Here, poverty in the United States is a choice. Stagnant middle-class incomes are a choice. Technology-fueled mass unemployment is a choice. Racism is a choice. The patriarchy is a choice. This is not to discount how deeply entrenched existing policies, interests, and tendencies are - but to recognise that while they might be entrenched, they are not immutable."
"The harder argument is: you should shut down your USAID program, which is bigger than the educational budget of Liberia, and give the money to Liberians."
"Donor resistance - there's the usual worries about welfare dependency... it's basically a psychological feature of the landscape. Ultimately, there might be a deeper lesson too, in the... discomfort we have with the decision-making prowess of the poor."
"This puritanical obsessed with differentiating the deserving from the undeserving crossed over to this former British colony, where it married with out country's deep sense of individualism and our cult of self-reliance.
"[P]overty, as economists have long held, is about social exclusion as much as it is about deprivation. Implementing a UBI or another universal, unconditional cash program might help us to tackle other forms of exclusion, whether the racial hegemony that stifles the potential of young children of colour or the gender inequality that hurts the earnings of women or a thousand other inequalities and differences and disparities."
Money… is universal and universally fungible. (p.175 ARC)