Posts by Matt Bruenig

Last week, Y Combinator announced an intent to fund a basic income study. As my name turns up when you Google "basic income," I gave a few interviews on the subject, but did not have the time to lay...
February 1, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
In the latest issue of Jacobin, Shannon Ikebe has a piece on the pitfalls of a universal basic income. The piece provides a helpful backdrop to clarify what I think the UBI should be about,...
January 29, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
A clip from a Bernie Sanders rally went viral yesterday, climbing to the most-viewed lists of a number of websites, including the Washington Post. In the clip, a woman suffering from...
January 27, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Ta-Nehisi Coates has set off another discussion of reparations, this time in reference to Bernie Sanders opposing them:
January 21, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Kevin Drum of Mother Jones takes on the conventional wisdom that "programs for the poor are poor programs." He makes two points, both of which I believe to be mistaken. I address both points...
January 20, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
If we put aside the minutiae, the case for single-payer national health insurance is simple. Single-payer systems, such as Canada's, provide universal coverage at a fraction of the economic cost and...
January 19, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders favor providing paid family leave. Sanders has endorsed Kirsten Gillibrand's FAMILY Act as his preferred instrument for doing so. Under the FAMILY Act, a 0.2%...
January 12, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
I watched the Kemp Forum on CSPAN over the weekend. The forum was meant to be a summit about poverty for Republican presidential candidates hosted by Paul Ryan. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley...
January 11, 2016 | Matt Bruenig