On the factory floor, 1940. Credit: Jack Delano, Library of Congress
This blog post was originally published February 22, 2019.
Capitalism is among the ever-growing list of Democratic presidential candidates. But many Americans of all political stripes have concerns about our free market economy and whether it is working for them, according to Steven Pearlstein, a Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for The Washington Post and author of “ .”
We talk with Pearlstein about the importance of fairness in economic growth, and consider some ways to reinvent capitalism.
- , in the past few decades, many Americans have lost hope in the free market economy. Pearlstein says that the winner-take-all approach has offended some people’s moral sensibilities and undermined their trust and willingness to cooperate with each other.
- Equality of opportunity need not come at the expense of economic growth, according to Pearlstein.
- Pearlstein suggests that, to limit income inequality and create a fairer and more sustainable economy, everyone should have a share in the distribution of wealth. That means a “universal basic income” which, he thinks, should be $3000 a person, and should come with an obligation to do some sort of government service or community work.
- between productivity and a worker’s pay has increased dramatically since 1973.
- Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers why fairness and economic growth are not mutually exclusive.
- Learn more about at the local level from the Economic Policy Institute.