55 years after Martin Luther King Jr. called for guaranteed income to fight poverty, some cities are finally taking his lead

55 years after Martin Luther King Jr. called for guaranteed income to fight poverty, some cities are finally taking his lead

‘I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income,’ Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his final book. Initiatives to provide a guaranteed income have seen unprecedented momentum in recent years, but the idea is hardly new. In fact, one advocate for the idea was Martin Luther King Jr.

“Those at the lowest economic level, the poor white and Negro, the aged and chronically ill, are traditionally unorganized and therefore have little ability to force […]

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