...And Economic Justice for All: Welfare Reform for the 21st Century

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Contents
Introduction1
My Political History2
My Intellectual History2
The Bottom Line5
Who Are You?6
How Can I Convince You?8
Chapter 1 Life Is Not Fair, But People Can Be11
Economic Justice -- Should It Be a Goal?11
Relevance of Determinism14
Concepts of Justice15
Rawls and Nozick--Contrasting Views of Justice22
The Utilitarian View of Justice25
Justice as an Emotional Response26
Criminal Justice27
Rectifying Life's Injustices29
Something for Everyone, But More for Some--
Justice and Reality Reconciled
33
Chapter 2 Are You Worthy? Current U.S. Welfare
Programs
41
Current Public Assistance Programs in the United
States
42
Negative Aspects of Current U.S. Public
Assistance Programs
60
Summary64
Chapter 3 The Market: Who Gets What, Why, and Whether75
Alternatives to the Market76
The Virtues of the Market78
The Shortcomings of the Market80
Long-Run Prospects for Capitalism93
Current Welfare Interferences with the Market94
The Benefits of the GAI to the Market98
Summary100
Chapter 4 Work--Who Needs It?107
Work -- What Is It?107
Do People Need to Work?113
Must Society Require That People Work?114
Is Work Going to Be Available?120
The Serendipitous Impact of Technological Development121
A Note on Creating Jobs122
Conclusion123
Chapter 5 We Are What We Were129
The Essence of the Argument130

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Life Is Not Fair, but People Can Be 11
  • Notes 33
  • 2 - Are You Worthy? Current U.S. Welfare Programs 41
  • Notes 65
  • 3 - The Market Who Gets What, Why, and Whether 75
  • Notes 100
  • 4 - Work--Who Needs It? 107
  • Notes 124
  • 5 - We Are What We Were 129
  • Notes 145
  • 6 - Why the Guaranteed Adequate Income 153
  • Appendix Results of Negative Income Tax Experiments 169
  • 7 - The History of Guaranteed Income Plans 178
  • Notes 187
  • 8 - The Guaranteed Adequate Income Proposal 190
  • Notes 201
  • 9 - Cost and Funding Calculations 204
  • 10 - Final Thoughts 222
  • References 227
  • Index 229
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