In this fascinating audiobook, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes argues that the best way to fight income inequality is with a radically simple idea: a guaranteed income for working people, paid for by the one percent. The first half of Chris Hughes's life played like a movie reel right out of the "American Dream." He grew up in a small town in North Carolina. His parents were people of modest means, but he was accepted into an elite boarding school and then Harvard, both on scholarship. There, he met Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz and became one of the co-founders of Facebook. In telling his story, Hughes demonstrates the powerful role fortune and luck play in today's economy. Through the rocket ship rise of Facebook, Hughes came to understand how a select few can become ultra-wealthy nearly overnight. He believes the same forces that made Facebook possible have made it harder for everyone else in America to make ends meet. To help people who are struggling, Hughes proposes a simple, bold solution: a guaranteed income for working people, including unpaid caregivers and students, paid for by the one percent. The way Hughes sees it, a guaranteed income is the most powerful tool we have to combat poverty and stabilize America's middle class. Money-cold hard cash with no strings attached-gives people freedom, dignity, and the ability to climb the economic ladder. A guaranteed income for working people is the big idea that's missing in the national conversation. This audiobook, grounded in Hughes's personal experience, will start a frank conversation about how we earn in modern America, how we can combat income inequality, and ultimately, how we can give everyone a Fair Shot.
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"Tackling economic inequality means confronting cultural attitudes around work and dignity. What is it that individuals, specifically Americans, deserve? What is fair? Speaking earnestly and with passion, Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes counters the familiar American bootstrap mythology and argues for a guaranteed income, a national policy change that could supply these proverbial, but sorely missing, bootstraps to millions of Americans. With a light, determined voice, Hughes reflects on his own path to wealth, acknowledging and questioning the outsized role that luck and circumstance played. Hughes makes a compelling argument that a guaranteed income for individuals working or contributing to society as either a student or caregiver would be a powerful tool to reduce inequality and promote both security and innovation. A.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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