These are my recent Pinboard.in links:
Welcome to Middle-Class Poverty— Does Anybody Know the Way Out? — Sara Horowitz — Business — The Atlantic
“The short-term way to level the playing field is to update the New Deal so it includes and addresses the current workforce. We need to accept that many people don’t work full-time for an employer and that “jobs” no longer mean just W-2 employees, as Douglas Rushkoff explained. Richard Cass, a self-employed technical and business consultant and Freelancers Union member, also puts it well: “Government programs that promote small business generally focus on companies with scores of employees and millions of dollars in annual revenue, which is short-sighted.” That has immediate implications for our economic and job policies.
But to really bring a thriving middle class back to life, we need a dramatic shift in thinking, institutions, and assumptions. The role of policy should be to foster newer, more self-sustaining systems that follow this new mutualist paradigm. In the long run, our institutions need to move away from regarding the office as the center of a person’s economic life, from business as the provider of benefits, and from government as the provider of social supports. The middle class does not have to be built by focusing on individual wealth. Instead, we can build stable markets and societies where people make a living, communities flourish, and businesses survive — and not at the expense of others. It’s not utopian — it’s a necessity if we want a successful middle class again.”
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