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World

When money dies

14 May 2020

7:18 AM

14 May 2020

7:18 AM

This article is in The Spectator’s May 2020 US edition. Subscribe here to get yours.

‘Money for Nothing’ is more than just the name of a Dire Straits hit from 35 years ago. Today it’s the guiding principle of an increasingly wide spectrum of American political thought. Andrew Yang built his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on a call for a universal basic income — a $1,000 monthly payout from the federal government to every adult in the country.

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