Things We Learned in the Wake of #Election2016

1) There were more closet Trump fans – millions more  – than we ever could have imagined. 2) America is still a mostly conservative country (see map), despite the ultra-liberal “agendas” of the last ten years or so. 3) The third of America called “flyover country”, mostly working class, white, and “uneducated,” – and largely ignored by the urban elites of the East and West Coasts – finally realized this election cycle that a) they outnumber said liberals and b) they had both the opportunity, the collective power, and collective drive (i.e. rage) to put Trump  into office. 4) On...

The Argument for Universal Basic Income

On June 5, 2016, the citizens of Switzerland decided NOT to allow their government to give them free money. The neutral Western European nation, population 8 million, held a public referendum in which the question was this: should the government provide all Swiss adults with a guaranteed salary equivalent to US $30,000 a year? Unsurprisingly, most Swiss said no, with 77% of voters against. Why did the Swiss vote against the world’s first real UBI initiative? Because they don’t need it. The country is one of the most economically empowered in the world, with the highest wealth per adult citizen,...