The Book

Over decades of thinking about basic income, I’ve been haunted by two questions: How can I write something that makes a real difference, that inspires and motivates readers to act? And how can I attract and engage people from all political perspectives, including folks who normally avoid or hate politics?

Our Future does all that, I believe, and much more. Read it, please, and I think you’ll agree.

I first conceived it in early 2011. With the core idea that politics is personal, I resolved to write a book that’s mostly a dialog with the reader. I, as the author, moved to the background; no narrative, no anecdotes, no interviews with experts, though lots of questions for readers to think about.

Seeking to understand and bridge the partisan divide, I initially worked on two parallel books, each speaking to one side; the same plan and similar outlines, but distinct titles, subtitles, and presentations. One emphasized peace, justice, and economic security for all. The other prioritized prospects to cut taxes, shrink government, and promote private enterprise. That two-pronged approach required me to respect and listen equally to people on both sides, and through that practice I found that these ideas are most meaningful when we skip or reject the labels, left, right, liberal conservative, and so on. I merged those manuscripts in 2014.

Another aspect of the answer is hope. Our Future guides readers to envision the lives we want to live and the world we want to create. It also shows us, individuals and as a society, ways to succeed. Meaningful reasons to be hopeful.

I worked hard to make Our Future brief, simple, and easy to read. I’ve also been extra careful to be accurate with the economics, politics, history, and facts about recent events. Appendix 1 is a comprehensive, chronological history of related ideas and authors, from the Bible through to the end of 2019.

The dialog with readers is also a dialog with the Founders. While writing, I repeatedly re-read the Declaration of Independence and our U.S. Constitution, and I read or re-read dozens of books about that era. Those influences are evident throughout Our Future, with many quotes.

Our Future went to the printer in early March 2020. The coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis were accelerating, then came the mass nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism; every event confounded, magnified, and intensified by the approaching 2020 election. All of these events, I believe, make the plan in Our Future more vital, powerful, and urgent.

Let’s make history!

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ISBN: 978-1-645432-1-66