Wandering Eye: Blast announce schedule, Campaign Zero meets with Bernie Sanders, and more

Quietly and with little fanfare, the chief economist for CitiGroup this summer suggested that everyone maybe ought to get a universal basic income (UBI), whether they have a job or not. We spotted news of this a few weeks back on Futurism.com. We could not find the original paper, but the Financial Times also had a piece about it, putting more context around the suggestion by Willem Buiter that, because of increasing automation and a persistent (and arguably permanent) reduction in the numbers of jobs that everyday idiots can do, Western democracies, at least, should perhaps "use the tax-transfer mechanism (e.g. through a guaranteed minimum income for all, or an ambitious negative income tax, public funding of health care and long-term care etc.) to support those left behind by technological advances." UBI has become a thing lately, with its own advocacy groups and policy wonks. A welfare-for-all policy would seem to make a lot of sense when one runs the numbers (and the alternatives continue to make civilized people wince). As FT says, "That some people want to merge with technology, eat slop for lunch, limit their social footprint with virtual reality and work ever more intensively is their lifestyle choice. It shouldn't, however, become a standard for the rest of us." But then: How would a society that implements UBI keep from being inundated by migrants and refugees? (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

The Baltimore Blast, the city's dynastical indoor soccer team, announced its schedule for the 2015-2016 season, including home games during the first three Saturdays of November. The club will travel to Chicago, St. Louis, and Missouri for out-of-division games. In a statement, head coach Danny Kelly said, "We're excited about the challenge of defending our division title and competing for a league championship. From our division rivals Syracuse, Detroit, and an improved Harrisburg team, to league rivals from San Diego and Missouri coming to town, there are going to be some great nights at Royal Farms Arena. We'll have a bit of a new look with some of the players we've added, but our goals remain the same. We want to give ourselves the opportunity to compete for a championship again, and it starts Nov. 7 against a talented Chicago team." (Brandon Weigel)

 

Yesterday, Campaign Zero, the police-reform platform organized by activist DeRay McKesson and others, met with presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders in Washington, D.C. McKesson had good things to say about the conversation ("In the end, @BernieSanders' candor & willingness to be pushed re: policy and approach were evident during the meeting," reads one tweet) and it's more evidence that Campaign Zero will be a significant and functional movement beyond simply protest. Namely, what Campaign Zero has done is afford #BlackLivesMatter a clear set of goals—its critics can no longer say that however noble or important its message is, it remains disorganized or unclear and all the rest. Also useful as Campaign Zero continues talking to people like Sanders is the "feedback" section of its website, which is as useful for understanding the movement as its "solutions" section, and we haven't seen a lot of people point it out. The feedback section features a rolling series of responses to the community and media critiques of the movement and includes issues about abolishing police, "black-on-black crime," gun control, and more. (Brandon Soderberg)

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