Our Fair Share
How One Small Change Can Create a More Equitable American Economy
by Brian C. Johnson
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Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 02 Sep 2021
America's economy does not currently live up to our country's core values.
We are a nation founded on the ideals of coming together across differences to forge a common future. Yet over the past 50 years, our economy has been pulling us apart at unprecedented rates. By allowing top income earners and the wealthiest Americans to hoard wealth like never before, we contradict what makes our country great. This is a threat to our well-being, our democracy, and our values.
Brian C. Johnson combines accessible scholarship on wealth and income inequality in America with deeply personal accounts of six Americans of diverse backgrounds who are each wrestling with what it means to survive and thrive in this new economic world. In so doing, he offers a solution that is as visionary as it is practical. Dubbed the “Citizen Dividend,” a universal distribution to all Americans in the form of collective business profits, which draws on our shared national values to move us toward a more equitable future, this revolutionary model assumes that economic growth is built off of the wealth we have created together as a country, and together we all reap its benefits. In Our Fair Share, Johnson lays the groundwork for implementing this solution, detailing what the Citizen Dividend is, offering examples of similar existing models, outlining the benefits of such systems, tackling some of the common concerns that arise, and offering a path toward making it a reality.
In a tone that is hopeful and justice-oriented, Our Fair Share brings a fresh view on our country's values as it seeks to help tackle economic inequality in America. And ultimately, it calls on each of us to claim what is uniquely American, building a common future that embraces and celebrates our differences. This is our revolutionary inheritance.
“Truly a ‘love letter to our country.’ Anyone concerned about the rising gap between the
ultra-wealthy and everyone else in America should read this book.” —Andy Stern, president emeritus of Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
“A logical, persuasive case for a citizen dividend. Read this book, share it with a friend, and be a part of getting this conversation started.” —Sheila Simon, former Illinois Lieutenant Governor
“A deeply moving book that illustrates and humanizes inequities ensconced within our economic system. The Citizen Dividend is the transformational proposal our country needs to ensure every American an opportunity to live the American dream.” —Ameya Pawar, author of Organize Capital
“This simple proposition, if acted upon, could financially improve the lives of millions of Americans and help unite us as a society as never before. Read this book and join the growing movement for citizen dividends. It is an idea whose time has finally come." —Peter Barnes, author of With Liberty and Dividends for All
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