This is not just about universal income, it is a book that challenges almost every antiquated notion about what our affluence is built on. It is a book pointing the way towards an alternative future, a world were we can realistically move towards an end to poverty and inequality. The author bridges the gap between history and present reality, without pontificating, carrying not just many convincing arguments for his beliefs, but doings so with both humility and insight into the human condition. Brilliant.
I wanted to better understand UBI. This book did that for me and extended my thinking further into new possibilities. Not a heavy read by any means. Lively stories. Big ideas. Challenging views. It's a great read to go with two other books. Factfulness by Hans Rosling and The Complacent Class by Tyler Cowen. In the middle of this triangle of books, you'll get a clearer and more optimistic view of the real world we live in. Get your highlighter ready, you'll need it.
We, I mean the thinking we, all know that our Western society has lost the way in the world of over seven billion people. Our leaders no longer lead, biological nature of our society is being ignored and the early shocks of the Anthropocene era are upon us. In this book the author not only explains how we arrived where we are but also, refreshingly , what can be done about it. Recommended to everyone.