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James Ferguson: the politics of a post-jobs economy

anth_ferguson_mugMost of the left’s politics for most of the last century and a half have been framed around the idea that the principle way we get money is that we work: we trade our labor to businesses that need it. But what happens if we re-think the way we distribute money, and it isn’t about work anymore . . . it’s about your rights as a citizen to a share of the value that the economy’s producing? We’ll discuss the places where this is actually happening, and what it means for our economics and our politics.

Guest:

  • James Ferguson, professor of anthropology at Stanford University, author of Give a Man a Fish: reflection on the new politics of distribution.

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