Posted On: Wednesday - March 29th 2023 5:00PM MST
In Topics:   Humor  Economics  Books  Socialism/Communism
While writing the Gnu Gnomes of Zurich post last week, I tried to find that book called "Money" (With some sub-title likely) on-line, just to refer to it. I had no luck.. However, this is a screenshot of a title that was listed on the 3rd or so page of my search for "Money"*:
My first thought was "Oh, man! I didn't know the Babylon Bee published books, too." But no, this is no joke. I found that author Annie Lowrey means it.
Imagine if every month the government deposited $1,000 into your checking account, with nothing expected in return. It sounds crazy, but it has become one of the most influential and hotly debated policy ideas of our time. Futurists, radicals, libertarians, socialists, union representatives, feminists, conservatives, Bernie supporters, development economists, child-care workers, welfare recipients, and politicians from India to Finland to Canada to Mexico--all are talking about UBI.For those 2 bolded categories, yeah, well they might be TALKING about it, but almost always with the use the word "retarded" somewhere in there. India, Finland, Canada, Munich, everybody's talkin' 'bout
Hmmmm, UBI? "Give People Money" sounds so stupid, it just might work!
Wait, though. Didn't this country have some pretty recent experience with a Proto-UBI. It went on for most of a year during the Kung Flu PanicFest, with the help of $4,000,000,000,000 or so nicely printed out by the FED. I don't think you'll find very many Americans, even Economists and book authors, who were very impressed by the results of the experiment. (That is, excepting those right in the midst of it, getting that $600 weekly for months at a time in Summer of '20, idling away the hours watching Netlix, reading Peak Stupidity, and occasionally going outside to help out in some peaceful protest or two.)
Yet, still, 3.86 STARS out of 5. And, she's got a sequel! How do you explain the readership?
About the author:Ohhh, that explains it.
2 books 49 followers
Annie Lowrey is a contributing editor for The Atlantic. A former writer for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, and Slate, among other publications, she is a frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. Lowrey lives in Washington, DC.
* The caption is from a 2nd search later on, for this post.
** Without the internet, I know only one guy who would have had a slight chance of being able to give me the name of the band for this music reference. The band was called M, and (Everybody's talkin' 'bout) Pop Muzik is from 1979.