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Author Johnson, Brian C. (CEO of Equality Illinois), author.

Title Our fair share : how one small change can create a more equitable American economy / Brian C. Johnson.

Publication Info. Minneapolis : Broadleaf Books, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  339.2 JOH    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  339.2209 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
Description vi, 256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-256).
Summary 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 fifty years, our economy has been pulling us apart at unprecedented rates. By allowing top income earners and the wealthiest Americans to hoard wealth like almost never before, we belie 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, 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. Ultimately, Our Fair Share 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. May we all benefit from it.
Contents Out of many, one -- Rising inequality in America: Rising income inequality ; Rising wealth inequality ; Why economic inequality is rising -- The harms of inequality: Economic inequality puts pressure on everyday Americans ; Economic inequality poisons our social well-being ; Economic inequality threatens our democracy ; Economic inequality assaults our values -- A way back toward one another: What we own together ; The citizen dividend ; The benefits of a citizen dividend ; What a citizen dividend is not ; Building off other American experiments -- The path forward: Where we go from here ; The heartbeat of a nation.
Subject Income distribution -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Economics -- United States.
Economics. (OCoLC)fst00902116
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
ISBN 9781506470757 (hardcover)
1506470750 (hardcover)
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