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NEW PAPER: The Myths of the Earned Income Tax Credit
NEW PAPER: The Myths of the Earned Income Tax Creditmore_vert
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Matt Bruenig takes on one of the sacred cows of the left-of-center policy world in this paper, by arguing that the consensus view of the EITC is all wrong. The EITC does not increase work, is one of the most administratively efficient welfare programs in the country, and only reduces poverty by half as much as commonly reported.


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Most policy analysts believe that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) substantially reduces poverty and increases employment in an administratively efficient and well-targeted way. This is not true. In this paper, I show that simple mismeasurements have greatly overstated the efficiency and effectiveness of the EITC program.

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User #375854 - 18 May 20 14:12
administratively inefficient*
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User #296170 - 18 May 20 15:55
Well done, Matt. I'm surprised though that you didn't mention anything about the estimates of how much of the revenue spent on EITC actually goes to employers instead of the poor though. Did you feel the data isn't strong enough to include?
Bernie Sanders Released 3P-Inspired Child Care and Pre-K Plan
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Hello fellow patrons. Earlier today, Bernie Sanders released a plan to provide free public child care and pre-k to all children below school age.

We also released a new short report today (above) in which we publish a poll showing that this plan is very popular and show that it is affordable. Please read and share widely.

This is another big get for the mighty People's Policy Project, the most efficient think tank in the game.


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In October of last year, People's Policy Project commissioned a poll from YouGov to determine the popularity of this proposal. The poll asked 1,004 registered voters the following question: Would you support or oppose a policy to have the federal government provide grants to local school districts to provide free public child care for all children too young to attend school?

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User #3779942 - 25 Feb 20 13:38
Even the comments are wonky. :D
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User #5034011 - 24 Feb 20 16:04
It's a think tank, not a link tank, people. Working links are up at the $10/month tier. Jk, love you, Matty, congrats on this.
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User #30590184 - 24 Feb 20 12:09
Link to plan is broken!
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User #6026186 - 24 Feb 20 12:57
same as Ashley
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peoplespolicyproject - 24 Feb 20 16:43
Yeah I don't know why the links always break. The last two posts I do here had all the links broken in the exact same way. It's something on the patreon side I think. Very sad. At least the link to the report works.
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User #5240588 - 25 Feb 20 05:16
It appears to be a protocol format issue. The links contain the text "https//www.peoples...", in which the "https://" prefix is missing the colon separator (":"). Because these don't have a valid protocol, patreon prefixes them with "http://" resulting in the malformed url "http://https//www..." etc. Should be as simple as either removing the protocol prefix or adding the colon where it's missing.
NEW PAPER
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The US welfare state has a lot of problems. Most conspicuously, it lacks many benefits found in similarly developed countries like child care, paid leave, and universal health care. These omissions tend to dominate the public debate, but creating a decent welfare system will require more than just adding new benefits. We also need to clean up and rationalize the welfare state we already have.

In this paper, I propose a series of moderate reforms to major welfare programs including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Unemployment Insurance, and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. The overall purpose of these proposed reforms is to move towards a welfare state that is simpler, more coherent, and more centralized.


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The US welfare state has a lot of problems. Most conspicuously, it lacks many benefits found in similarly developed countries like child care, paid leave, and universal health care. These omissions tend to dominate the public debate, but creating a decent welfare system will require more than just adding new benefits.

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Annual Report 2019-12-18T15:16:59+00:00

Hello patrons.

Another year has passed for the only small-donor think tank in the game and I'm proud to report that this has been our most effective year yet, as far as effectiveness goes in the think tank game.

We put out five major papers: The Leisure Agenda, The Family Fun Pack, Fighting Climate Change with a Green TVA, Innovation Policy for the Green New Deal, and The Global Green New Deal.

The ideas in these proposals, and ideas from proposals in years past, have made their way into presidential platforms, Congressional legislation, and The Discourse more generally.

Policy Adoptions

Bernie Sanders adopted the Green TVA as the centerpiece of his Green New Deal proposal. In line with the Global Green New Deal proposal, Sanders also pledged $200 billion in climate transfers to the global south via the Green Climate Fund. Prior to our paper on the subject, even left-wing climate policy people in the US were saying we should be aiming for $20-$30 billion from the entire global north.

Insofar as Sanders is the agenda-setter for the American left, I think it is accurate to say that the 3P GND papers have had the most unique influence in shaping the actual content of the GND idea beyond pre-existing consensus climate measures.

Kirsten Gillibrand adopted a few ideas from the Family Fun Pack for her presidential campaign and currently three (soon to be four) viable candidates for Congress have endorsed the Family Fun Pack in full. One hears there may be some interest on this among existing members of Congress as well, but we will see what the next year brings.

This year also saw an explosion in interest in our housing proposal from last year, called Social Housing for America. This paper argues that the US should build 10 million units of mixed-income social housing and explains how best to do that. As noted recently in eagle-eyed coverage by Next City, when we released this paper in 2018, "it wasn't obvious that the ideas would get much traction."

At the time, many characterized the proposal as niche left-wing navel-gazing meant to distract from real housing solutions. Yet this year, the social housing approach became a major feature of national left-wing politics. Along with other organizations, Peter Gowan, who co-wrote Social Housing for America with Ryan Cooper, continued to develop the social housing proposal into something called the Homes Guarantee. The particulars of this social housing proposal has found its way into Bernie Sanders's presidential platform and into a bill introduced in Congress by Ilhan Omar.

Endorsements

In addition to influencing existing politicians and The Discourse, 3P has also branched out this year into endorsements. We have endorsed three candidates for Congress: Rebecca Parson, Ihssane Leckey, and Heidi Sloan (make a three-way split donation to those candidates here).

Each candidate has a decent chance of winning a seat and each supports major progressive policy proposals like Medicare for All, Green New Deal, Social Housing, and the Family Fun Pack. As measured by ActBlue, our early endorsements tend to drive around $1k-$2k in small donations to each campaign from 3P supporters, which can help financially jump start campaigns with little establishment support. Many of those donors also make additional subsequent contributions.

Conclusion

In my commitment to brevity, I won't go on, but it suffices to say that this was a successful year and 3P continues to be the best and most efficient dollar-for-dollar think tank in the game.

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User #437951 - 18 Dec 19 17:38
All the links in the post are broken if you click them from inside the email (at least in yahoo webmail). Had to click the link to the post then from patreon's site they work.
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User #32111 - 19 Dec 19 17:06
Yep - links are broken. Definitely a Patreon problem - I've had the same issue in my own posts, their link formatting is f'd
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User #3367436 - 18 Dec 19 17:04
You're doing such a great job, so happy to be a supporter!
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User #3702080 - 20 Dec 19 14:42
Outstanding!
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User #640473 - 20 Dec 19 06:54
Congratulations! Happy for you.
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User #3396705 - 19 Dec 19 04:47
King
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User #4746399 - 23 Dec 19 15:34
The links are dead lol
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User #4746399 - 23 Dec 19 15:35
Except the donation request one, naturally
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User #5969987 - 18 Dec 19 15:22
Hell yeah, keep it up.
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User #6061068 - 18 Dec 19 18:00
This MF fucked up all the links
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User #3125169 - 15 Jan 20 02:00
This is great and I’m so happy to support the important work you’re doing.
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User #679099 - 18 Dec 19 18:58
Keep up the excellent work!
3P Endorses Rebecca Parson for Congress in WA-06
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Click here to donate to Rebecca Parson on ActBlue.

One time for this folks.

3P is proud to announce the last of its three major endorsements for the 2020 congressional elections. The endorsement is for Rebecca Parson who is running for Congress in the 6th district of Washington. That seat is currently occupied by conservative Democrat Derek Kilmer.

Parson is running on key progressive agenda items like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and social housing. She has also endorsed the People’s Policy Project slate of family benefits, which includes paid parental leave, free child care and pre-k, free school lunches, and a monthly cash benefit paid to every family with children.

Parson’s opponent, Derek Kilmer, is one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, despite representing a safely Democratic district. He is the chair of the third-way New Democrat Coalition and a member of the ridiculous Problem Solvers Caucus. In 2016, he used his superdelegate vote for Hillary Clinton even though Bernie Sanders won his district. If we want to get anything done in this country, we need more Parsons in elected office and less Kilmers.

Click here to donate to Rebecca Parson on ActBlue.


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The People's Policy Project is proud to announce the last of its three major endorsements for the 2020 congressional elections. The endorsement is for Rebecca Parson who is running for Congress in the 6th district of Washington. That seat is currently occupied by conservative Democrat Derek Kilmer.

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3P Endorses Heidi Sloan for Congress in TX-25
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Click here to donate to Heidi Sloan on ActBlue.

Hey folks. 3P has just announced our second of three major endorsements for the 2020 Congressional races. It is Heidi Sloan running to unseat Republican Roger Williams in Texas's 25th district.

Sloan is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and is running on key progressive agenda items like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and social housing. She has also endorsed the People’s Policy Project slate of family benefits, which includes paid parental leave, free child care and pre-k, free school lunches, and a monthly cash benefit paid to every family with children.

Our last endorsement went really well. Leckey got a decent fundraising bump and many other candidates reached out, interested in endorsing some of our policy proposals. This is more valuable than you might imagine.

Click here to donate to Heidi Sloan on ActBlue.


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The People's Policy Project is proud to announce its second of three major endorsements for the 2020 congressional elections. The endorsement is for Heidi Sloan who is running for Congress in the 25th district of Texas. That seat is currently occupied by Republican Roger Williams who won 54 percent of the general election vote in 2018.

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User #5748825 - 13 Sep 19 01:26
Awesome, her policy list is great. Thanks for letting us know. Happy to chip in...
People's Policy Project Endorses Ihssane Leckey for Congress in MA-04
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2019-08-13T13:32:47+00:00
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Click here to donate to Ihssane Leckey on ActBlue

Hey everyone. 3P is going to try its hand at endorsing some progressive primary challengers who have adopted our policies for their campaign. Going upstream like this, rather than trying only to convince sitting members of Congress, could be an effective way to grow support for these ideas.

Our first endorsement ever is Ihssane Leckey who has adopted the Family Fun Pack alongside Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and social housing. She is running in MA against Joe Kennedy III. You can click through to read the full endorsement. Please donate if you can as it not only helps Leckey but also can signal to other candidates that adopting our policy ideas is a smart move that will bring in support.

Click here to donate to Ihssane Leckey on ActBlue


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The People's Policy Project is proud to announce its first ever endorsement. The endorsement is for Ihssane Leckey who is running for Congress in the fourth district of Massachusetts. Leckey is running in the primary against the conservative Joe Kennedy III for the 2020 election and has pledged to reject all corporate PAC money, both in her campaign and in office.

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User #12504920 - 14 Aug 19 01:09
This is an exciting development!
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User #5748825 - 15 Aug 19 23:57
Sent her a donation. Matt, your new job is to bankrupt me with 300 more endorsements. Because I will donate myself into the ground...
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User #296170 - 15 Aug 19 03:51
Does she support UBI? Or SWF dividends?
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User #7494569 - 13 Aug 19 21:39
Ihssane is the real deal! So happy to see her campaign endorse 3P policy and for you to help give her the attention she deserves!
New Paper: Global Green New Deal
New Paper: Global Green New Dealmore_vert
2019-06-18T12:53:54+00:00
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Jacob Fawcett produced this paper, which argues that the US should dedicate $680 billion per year towards transfers to the developing world so that the developing world can decarbonize. The money would go to the UN Green Climate Fund, which would then provide it for decarbonization projects.

This is our fourth Green New Deal paper. Our GND papers aim to provide detailed plans for particular pieces of the GND agenda with an eye towards inclusion of those plans in a broader final proposal.


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Much of the policy discussion and debate surrounding Democratic proposals for a Green New Deal has focused on the domestic fight against climate change, but climate change isn't just a domestic problem. In the coming decades, some of its most serious impacts - heat waves, flooding, and social instability - will be felt in the developing world.

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New Paper: An Innovation Policy for the Green New Deal
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2019-04-18T12:25:22+00:00
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Dan Traficonte and Ian Wells team up to produce a paper detailing how to use public research, development, and ownership to fuel a Green New Deal. This is our third Green New Deal paper. The first two were carbon tax-and-dividend and Green TVA.


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposal for a Green New Deal is a major step forward in the fight for a green economic transition and progressive social reform. While many of the goals put forward in the proposal involve investments in infrastructure and already-existing green technologies, the Green New Deal also calls for "public investments in the research and development of new clean and renewable energy technologies and industries."

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The Family Fun Pack is Out
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2019-02-15T13:05:27+00:00
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The much-teased Family Fun Pack paper is out. The paper makes the case for a comprehensive set of family benefits -- baby box, parental leave, free child care, free pre-k, free school lunch, free healthcare for children, and a child allowance. The paper makes the case that high levels of child poverty and interfamily inequality is driven by the perverse ways in which capitalist economies distribute income and that only non-market forms of income distribution (in this case the welfare state) can fix these things.

The short summary of the paper (which can be found here) also separately makes the case that this is the best welfare platform possible for the Democratic party as currently composed because of who it benefits.


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A plan to make family life in the United States easy and affordable for all.

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User #8593516 - 25 Feb 19 05:44
Vox Weeds podcast had major issues with the title "family fun pack."
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User #5983081 - 15 Feb 19 14:34
Well designed and presented " family fun pack." Now to get some dialogue within Congress for this plan.
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User #9552894 - 5 Apr 19 19:34
I can't pay you every month what I paid you this month, but I'll try to give back to you Matt. Because you've done a lot for me buddy, without even knowing it. I know that you walk in God's light. Even if you do deny she exists.
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User #14852012 - 16 Feb 19 02:49
Great job. I am really pleased to be a patron.
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User #9552894 - 30 Mar 19 02:11
This is really incredible work Matt. Keep it up!
Social Housing Bill Introduced in Maryland
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2019-02-11T15:51:28+00:00
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Greetings patrons. The think tank has achieved a new milestone. Maryland delegate Vaughn Stewart, member of DSA, introduced a bill in the Maryland state house to create social housing in the state. This is the first time a 3P policy proposal has been introduced as a bill in a legislature. More of that is in the pipeline though.

Thanks for the continued support!


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The recent resurgence of socialist organization in the United States has swept socialist politicians into elected offices across the country. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the most prominent, but there are dozens more, including Lee Carter in Virginia, Sara Innamorato in Pennsylvania, Julia Salazar in New York, and Vaughn Stewart and Gabriel Acevero in Maryland.

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User #5283134 - 11 Feb 19 22:46
Woot woot!
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User #5108565 - 11 Feb 19 16:00
You love to see it
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User #296170 - 11 Feb 19 16:40
Congrats!
Seventh Paper Is Out!
Seventh Paper Is Out!more_vert
2019-01-23T13:05:57+00:00
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People’s Policy Project has released its seventh major paper: “Fighting Climate with a Green Tennessee Valley Authority.” The paper contains a brief proposal outlining how to use the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a public power company that is fully owned by the federal government, to decarbonize electricity generation across the country.

Alex Kaufman has coverage of the report at Huffington Post: New Proposal Aims To Make Legacy FDR Works Project The Flagship Of A Green New Deal.

More coverage will follow.


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People's Policy Project has released its seventh major paper: "Fighting Climate with a Green Tennessee Valley Authority." Matt Bruenig authored the paper. Jon White designed the paper. The paper contains a brief proposal outlining how to use the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a public power company that is fully owned by the federal government, to decarbonize electricity generation across the country.

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User #5580713 - 6 Feb 19 01:29
Kinda funny how such a red state has these cool experiments in public ownership... Chatanooga has public broadband too, and that could well be a model on the national level too.
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User #17605773 - 18 Mar 19 03:28
Good =)
End of Year Round Up
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2018-12-24T17:25:58+00:00
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Thank you to everyone who continue to support People's Policy Project. This year was our first full year of operation and we have had a really outsized impact in The Discourse and also in direct consultations with staffers and members of congress.

We put out 5 major papers this year, all of which received coverage in major outlets and helped pushed the debate forward on the left.

1. Nathaniel Lewis -- Mass Incarceration: New Jim Crow, Class War, or Both?

2. Peter Gowan & Ryan Cooper -- Social Housing in the United States

3. Emmett Sanders -- Full Human Beings: An Argument for Incarcerated Voter Enfranchisement

4. Matt Bruenig -- Social Wealth Fund for America

5. Anders Fremstad and Mark Paul -- Disrupting the Dirty Economy: A Progressive Case for a Carbon Dividend

Papers 1 through 4 were designed by Jon White while paper 5 was designed by Max Holyoke-Hirsch. The Social Wealth Fund paper also featured a 3-minute animated video about the Alaska Permanent Fund, which was created by Bran Dougherty-Johnson.

All together, 19 different people contributed writing, editing, graphical design or similar to People's Policy Project this year, all of whom were reasonably compensated.

In addition to the major papers, we also published 108 shorter posts mostly pegged to news developments. The most impactful of those posts this year were the breakdowns of the Mercatus single payer report, which really shifted the narrative towards focusing on the way in which Medicare for All actually saves money overall.

We have not published a new major project since September 19 because it was determined that the elections would make it impossible to get attention and then came the holidays. But we have three projects that are fully conceptualized and should be ready to go soon.

1. Matt Bruenig -- Fighting Climate Change with a Green Tennessee Valley Authority. This is the second 3P contribution towards the Green New Deal (the first being the carbon tax paper). It provides a detailed vision of how to use the TVA to decarbonize electricity generation in the US. This paper is written, edited, and designed. We are just waiting for the proper time to release it.

2. Matt Bruenig -- Family Fun Pack. This paper provides a detailed account of a full suite of family benefits. This paper is written, edited, and is in the process of being designed.

3. Ryan Cooper -- Work Reduction. This paper provides policies aimed at shaving the number of hours Americans work each year. It has been written and is in the process of editing.

Thank you for all your support. Please tell your friends to chip in as well. Every contribution supports a growing ecosystem of PPP contributors.

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User #5974536 - 28 Dec 18 01:09
Keep it up Matt!
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User #6637340 - 26 Dec 18 20:56
Are these available in html so instapaper can read them to me on the train?
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User #5748825 - 27 Dec 18 16:44
I want to say Thank You to Matt & Liz who are changing the way people think about power and society, in far reaching and practical ways. Happy New Year!
A Progressive Case for a Carbon Tax-and-Dividend Scheme
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2018-09-19T12:56:47+00:00
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3P is proud to release its sixth major paper. In this paper, Mark Paul and Anders Fremstad argue for a carbon tax equal to $230 per ton of CO2. Such a tax would produce a $2,237 per-capita dividend that, once paid out to every American, would significantly reduce overall inequality in the country. This kind of tax is necessary to keep the world from warming by more than 2.5C.


A brief summary of the paper is here.


Please share widely.

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User #687253 - 19 Sep 18 18:45
Washington State is about to vote on a carbon tax of $15 per ton and increasing by $2/year. Really appreciate the boldness of the approach of this white paper.
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User #1009941 - 12 Oct 18 03:33
Given that: 1) The PRC has putatively implemented a sort of cap-and-trade system, 2) and Climate Change is putatively a Chinese hoax, 3) the consistent argument for balancing against China would be to implement a more aggressive cap-and-trade system
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The 5th major report -- Social Wealth Fund for America -- is out. Please share it on all your social medias.

Report is here: https://www.peoplespolicyproject.org/projects/social-wealth-fund/

Video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePlAAf2b_Io


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User #3784091 - 28 Aug 18 15:45
Beautifully done - kudos to everyone involved
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User #450422 - 28 Aug 18 13:59
This is excellent
Buy the Book Version of the Next 3P Report
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2018-08-22T20:01:20+00:00
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The next 3P report will be published publicly on August 28. We are trying something new with this report. Jon White has produced a stunning, full-color book version of it that we are selling to raise money for 3P.

A pdf and web version will of course go out to everyone on Aug 28.

Here is a link to the Shopify store to buy it: https://american-scraps.myshopify.com/products/3p-social-wealth-fund-report-print-edition


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User #3860879 - 23 Aug 18 02:55
I will buy it if you add me to the slack please.
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User #3370077 - 22 Aug 18 20:21
Just ordered mine!
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User #9367057 - 22 Aug 18 20:03
???
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User #3347646 - 23 Aug 18 19:11
I bought it. can you sign my copy
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User #679099 - 22 Aug 18 20:05
Excellent idea!
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User #5862484 - 22 Aug 18 20:03
Love it!
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User #3860879 - 23 Aug 18 02:55
Gfgoffman@gmail.com
Fourth Paper Is Out!
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Hello patrons. The fourth paper (click here) is now out. In it, Emmett Sanders argues for truly universal suffrage, including for incarcerated people. In the appendix of the report, Esha P.K. and Natalie Holme Elsberg from the organization LEAP have produced three types of model legislation that states can use to implement this proposal along with a table showing which states should use which model.

Nathan Robinson has coverage of the paper at Current Affairs. I (Matt Bruenig) should have an op-ed publishing in the Guardian later today. The op-ed argues, among other things, that this could be a jumping off point for more ambitious prison abolitionist type campaigns in the same way that voting rights efforts were used as a jumping off point in the Civil Rights Movement.

The next paper is probably going to be the social wealth fund paper I've long teased but never written. There is also an animated video being produced to go along with it. So that should be fun.

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User #3509022 - 9 May 18 00:15
Great job.
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User #12664361 - 3 Aug 18 18:23
i Like)
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User #13526751 - 12 Sep 18 19:31
Love ya pic
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User #4641341 - 8 May 18 13:08 - revision 2
Thanks, Matt! Can’t wait to read it.
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User #4641341 - 8 May 18 13:08 - revision 3
Thanks, Matt! Can’t wait to read it.
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User #4641341 - 8 May 18 13:08
Thanks, Matt! Can’t wait to read it.
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User #6842645 - 9 May 18 00:36
hewlye
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User #5916515 - 8 May 18 14:49
Interesting read overall. I live in Oklahoma so many resources simply don't exist here, not just relating to this but to pretty much any issue on the left. So my best bet here seems to be to email my state rep and senator this paper as well as the statute and then talk to other people about this.
Third Paper is Out
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2018-04-05T13:08:04+00:00
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We released our third paper today. This is our first paper with a specific policy proposal. The proposal is for governments around the country to build millions of units of social housing in order to solve housing shortages. Details are in the paper.

There is an op-ed in the Guardian about the proposal. There will be a piece in Jacobin later today about it. There may be some other media hits too. We'll see.

This paper took a little longer than I had expected. So apologies for the delay. The upside of the delay is that the next paper is already completely written and edited and so, after a quick design and the usual outreach, should be able to go very soon. The next paper proposes that prisoners be allowed to vote in elections.

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User #6902038 - 18 Jul 18 19:30
Matt, largest upzoning experiment in US history about to take place in MInneapolis and nary a peep from the left. I suspect it's because there may well be socialist NIMBYs as well as socialists and liberals who think deregulation essentially cedes city planning to private developers. I'm not sure where you would share your thoughts on this but I'd like to hear them. This is the plan at www.Minneapolis2040.com and the public comment period ends July 22 for anyone reading this who lives in Mpls.
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User #296170 - 5 Apr 18 15:50
Congrats! I look forward to the next paper too. Prisoners SHOULD be allowed to vote, and ex-prisoners absolutely should, and it's just crazy that's not true in every state.
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User #684031 - 5 Apr 18 18:01
Matt, would you please take another pass at the zoning section? You thrashed the hell out of that 'deregulation' scarecrow, but I think it would help if you sought out some socialist YIMBYs to engage their actual positions. There is one sentence in the paper I found particularly obnoxious: "American zoning restrictions are often ludicrously anti-density and pro-automobile, but that could easily be ameliorated by changing the zoning rules rather than removing them altogether." That is literally what I, and every YIMBY I know have been arguing for forever. Regulation isn't bad, but regulation written by racists to require minimum quanta of land to live in certain neighborhoods are worse than nothing. Much better than nothing would be the opposite: density *minimums*, parking prohibitions, restrictions on demolitions of multifamily housing. These changes are vital whether we continue to rely on a capitalist mode of housing production, or move to something civilized. If affordable homes are to be built, they should be built in the richest, most privileged sections of our cities; this will require substantial changes to our zoning and land use regulations.
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User #5253750 - 11 Apr 18 15:17
Just read this last night; fantastic!
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User #6670856 - 11 Apr 18 07:46
Really awesome
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I was on the first episode of a new show on Fusion called Happy Ending with Nando Villa (facebook video of the truncated episode here). The subject of the episode is capital and what to do about it. This should be an interesting show to watch going forward as we try to mainstream our ideas more. Future episode topics are health care with Tim Faust, labor with Sarah Jaffe, education, and so on. Basically all the issues and ideas bubbling from the left covered in an accessible format one episode at a time.

Also unrelated to this, I had a good day in the #influencer world. Old man Bernie linked to a MoJo article featuring my data on youth wealth. And Marco Rubio responded to a post I wrote about his paid leave plan.

Update 2018-02-07T01:37:26+00:00

The big project last month (I am trying to do one a month) was the Mass Incarceration paper, which showed that most of the racial disparity in incarceration can be explained by the fact that black men are heavily concentrated in the lower classes of American society.

It got decent pick up, including our first coverage at Mother Jones and The Intercept.

Jacobin: Locking Up the Lower Class
Mother Jones: The Race Gap in US Prisons Is Glaring, and Poverty Is Making it Worse
The Week: How do you fight racism in the criminal justice system? With brute-force economic policy.
The Intercept: New Report Finds Class Is a More Potent Predictor of Incarceration Than Race. But Racism Drives It.

Other than that, had some solid posts, including a discussion of how to socialize ownership of real estate, and an interesting factoid about the degree of collective wealth ownership in Norway.

I am hoping this month's big project will be a paper on social housing (our first paper proposing a policy as opposed to analytical papers). But we'll see how quickly that comes in.

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Happy New Year! 2018-01-02T14:27:45+00:00

Let me say at the start that I am very grateful for all the supporters who make this possible. We had a great first half-year and, as I become more experienced and established, things should get even better.

There are two papers in the pipeline right now.

The first is on race, class, and incarceration. The paper seeks to calculate racial and class disparities in incarceration as well as the interaction between those disparities.

The second is on social housing. The paper will provide a concrete policy idea that municipal governments can use to expand their supply of housing through publicly-owned rental property.

These are the big projects I am focused on right now in addition to managing the day-to-day posting from myself and outside posters.

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User #3509022 - 3 Jan 18 01:46
Keep up the great work, Matt. I drive a Tesla.
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User #9277635 - 13 Jan 18 23:49
Like the way you think, awesome concept!
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User #5748825 - 2 Jan 18 15:58
You're an inspiration, Matt. Thanks for all you do. Happy new year to you & your family!
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User #6530194 - 8 Feb 18 06:10
Keep up the great work, Matt. I drive a Dodge Stratus.
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User #5108565 - 2 Jan 18 18:18 - revision 2
Here’s to short circuiting Yglesias’s brain in the new year
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User #5108565 - 2 Jan 18 18:18
Here’s to short circuiting Yglesias’s brain in the new year
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User #3769114 - 2 Jan 18 17:04
Thank you for your work.
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User #897855 - 2 Jan 18 15:52
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Monthly Update: New York Times and First Paper
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We had a great month.

I had my first piece ever published in the New York Times. The subject is why we should gradually socialize capital into a commonly-owned fund.

We also got mentioned in various ways in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Current Affairs, Bloomberg, Quartz, Boing Boing and other places.

We are winning the race for legitimacy.

Finally, we completed the first paper. The cover of that paper is the image above. We will release it in the next week or so after we have reached out to media to see if we can drum up interest in covering it. The paper is an achievement in itself and also an achievement insofar as it means we've got a complete sense of how to do more going forward (same as with the first video).

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User #5108565 - 30 Nov 17 13:53
What the fuck is Boing Boing
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peoplespolicyproject - 30 Nov 17 14:28
Popular tech publication I thought.
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User #4405687 - 30 Nov 17 14:29
If you're asking that, there's a good chance it's older than you are
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User #5108565 - 30 Nov 17 14:32
Brad is probably right. Love the NYT piece btw
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User #5170722 - 3 Dec 17 15:10
Did the article appear in print? I have some olds that get the paper Times and I want to direct them to it.
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peoplespolicyproject - 4 Dec 17 19:31
I don't know.
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User #3613907 - 14 Dec 17 23:52
Congratulations Matt! I've been following all the press and interviews and it's all very encouraging. Keep up the good work!
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User #5301398 - 6 Dec 17 16:00
Looking forward to the "foreclosed" paper. I wonder if you either reference Sandy Darity and Darrick Hamilton's work or maybe ran it by them for review? I think they probably have (broadly) the same conclusions as you, and they've certainly written a fair amount on the subject.
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User #5581818 - 16 Dec 17 10:37
Mentions in mainstream press is not legitimacy. Mentions are awareness and authoritative clout, legitimacy would be something like letting the goalsetting of the past haunt you after the fact, ín order to let a higher order of ideas force your hand, which is only really interresting when done in groups.
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User #5573431 - 30 Nov 17 22:05
This is fantastic, Matt. I'm writing my LSAT on Saturday and while I've had some anxiety over where my life is going from it, seeing you work so hard towards something so seriously meaningful and game-changing is inspiring me through it.
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User #5251385 - 3 Dec 17 02:54
As a fellow law student good luck on the LSAT!!!
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User #7260232 - 7 Feb 18 20:59
The NBER suggests that corporations pay their taxes with shares. This would eliminate a lot of the finagling that goes on with corporate taxes. A proportion of these shares might go into the national wealth fund / sovereign fund. I guess I can understand why a republic might eschew the name "sovereign fund".
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User #4088323 - 30 Nov 17 15:55
Could you post a copy of the NYT piece for patrons? Their paywall prevents me from reading it
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peoplespolicyproject - 30 Nov 17 16:31
Try googling the headline in an incognito window or whatnot.
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User #4088323 - 30 Nov 17 16:35
Oh duh
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User #5573431 - 30 Nov 17 22:06
I'll send it over if that somehow doesn't work.
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User #8266860 - 20 Dec 17 12:19
Hi Matt, I have read your article in the NY Times with much interest. (no pun intended). Although I'm not a specialist in the field as you seem to be, I have a couple of serious doubts and questions. You wrote "There’s a tried and tested way, within the system we have now...." which stresses a very important point: "the system as we have now" is a non sustainable system that is falling apart! You mention Alaska and Norway as being succesful in using this strategy, but these are two countries where there is a relative abundance of non-renewable resources that are used to 'fill' the funds. How long will these resources be there? What can less rich, poor or third world countries do? The inequality between rich and poor is shocking indeed, but I wonder if we have to look for a solution that is rooted in the same system and ways of thinking as that created it. For the implementation of such a fund you need a very social thinking government that also has to face strong opposition from private owned companies and capital, or am I overlooking something here? A change of mindset is keypoint number one in my view. If we realise that we do not need that much, it will help on both ends of the scale: both the rich and the poor don't need to scrape for more, more, more. And maybe some of the wealth of the rich can flow back towards the have-nots to level inequality. That change of mindset and promoting simplicity over complexity is the topic of my blog. It seems you favour a top-down strategy and I favour a bottom-up view: change has to come from the people themselves. What's your take on that?
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User #8301084 - 30 Nov 17 14:05
Are you sure it wasn't "RUSSIA" ? Keep up the good work.....
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User #5573431 - 30 Nov 17 22:06
even the colour is red, i'm calling my local ShareBlue officer immediately.
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User #2640576 - 2 Dec 17 02:49
The idea of a socialized national wealth fund seems a little misguided, but other fuck yeah power to the people’s policy project!!
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User #4480030 - 30 Nov 17 13:51
re the paper, are you worried centrist/Clintonite dead-enders are just going to say you’re blaming a crisis started by Bush on Obama? That was the response to your analysis of the household wealth stats right?
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peoplespolicyproject - 30 Nov 17 14:29
This is dealt with in the paper, which focuses specifically on how Obama handled the crisis and how he could have handled it differently.
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User #4548311 - 6 Dec 17 23:16
Nice op-ed, Matt. A question: could such a wealth fund have been implemented as part of TARP or some other Great-Recession-era efforts to stabilize the economy? Curious so I know what write on my sandwich board after the next crash...
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peoplespolicyproject - 8 Dec 17 20:48
Yes it could have. There were people advocating for it at the time. This would have been a perfect time for the federal government to grab up a bunch of stock, which as you know, have increased in value since then astronomically.
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User #6944445 - 30 Nov 17 14:45
Excellent. Keep up the great work!
Monthly Update 2017-11-03T20:47:22+00:00

We had a pretty good month. The biggest hit was our first video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbSn6o3ZMtw

This video was shared on Facebook by Bernie Sanders, Robert Reich, Jacobin, and others. Facebook says it got around 506,000 views and was shared around 4,100 times. These are probably understatements as they do not include the Jacobin magazine share, which was done separately from the other shares.

We've got the first part of a paper on the development of wealth inequality under Obama done. And are moving along on that.

It's not for certain just yet, but I might have an op-ed in a major newspaper soon about the creation of a social wealth fund. We'll see. Hopefully.

The most interesting policy development was the Brown-Bennet child allowance proposal in the senate. The proposal mostly matches what I've been writing about for years (including the $300 amount). I am working behind the scenes to see if it can be improved. I wrote about how to do that on the website as well: http://peoplespolicyproject.org/2017/10/26/ways-to-improve-the-brown-bennet-child-allowance-proposal/

As far as other media goes, I am part of a new TV show that's being produced right now. My episode is about capital income, which is also what that popular video was about. No idea when that comes out, but should be good.

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User #3509022 - 5 Nov 17 00:45
Looking forward to the new reality TV show.
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User #296170 - 3 Nov 17 21:08
Congrats, Matt! Great work on the video and I look forward to the TV show and potential improvement of Brown-Bennet.
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User #5974536 - 6 Nov 17 00:06
What's the tv shows name?
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User #3414141 - 22 Nov 17 14:13
Happy Birthday Matt!
First video is out! Need you to share!
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As I mentioned in the monthly update, here is the first video production. Please share it everywhere you can.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbSn6o3ZMtw

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User #7850236 - 6 Oct 17 13:04
having an iphone isn't that great if you're still starving. the advances in technology and quality of life for the richest 10% can be attributed to capitalism. The destruction of the planet via global warming, the destruction of national industries, and the disregard for the human dignity of laborers can also be attributed to capitalism
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User #4469969 - 3 Oct 17 13:56
wow Liz has a good voice for this stuff
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User #4304163 - 3 Oct 17 15:28
Great video! Please consider a more aggressive low rolloff for the voiceover in the future. Plosives were a bit distracting in my headphones.
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User #8101580 - 17 Oct 17 20:04
Sounds more like "Group Think" than Think Tank.
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User #641308 - 21 Oct 17 01:16
Hey Matt. I'm a patron of yours and I love the work you are doing. I have an issue with this video though. You say the average capital income of the bottom 50% is $826, yet their total wealth is on average $349. What am I missing? How can a demographic have an annual capital income higher than their total capital?
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peoplespolicyproject - 21 Oct 17 04:04
Wealth is bottom 50% of wealth distribution. Income is bottom 50% of income distribution. The two groups are significantly overlapping but not entirely of course.
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User #641308 - 21 Oct 17 04:49
I think the thing that throws me off is that a capital income of $826 probably comes from assets of about $14,000 (assuming 6% return). That's two orders of magnitude higher than the bottom 50%'s average wealth. This means the capital income is literally just capital income then, right? I.e. debt and interest paid on debt are ignored, right? If you included debt and debt interest payments, I'd expect the capital-based income for the bottom 50% to be lower, maybe even negative. Maybe it is a semantic argument, but conceptually debt is negative capital.
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peoplespolicyproject - 21 Oct 17 14:35
Interest paid is counted as negative capital income.
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User #7181547 - 7 Oct 17 15:47
You're on the World Socialist Web Site and their podcast https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/10/07/pers-o07.html
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User #7959815 - 6 Oct 17 02:13
"The rich get richer and everyone else gets left in the dust." This is observably not true and the biggest thing people don't understand about capitalism. Wealth is not a zero-sum game. Yes, the wealthiest are getting a larger percentage of the pie than before, but the pie is growing larger at a very rapid pace. There are drastic quality of life differences between the bottom 10% of earners today and 100 years ago. The rapid advances in technology and overall quality of life in the past centuries can be mostly attributed to capitalism and wealth creation.
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User #4509403 - 3 Oct 17 13:47
Looks great Matt
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User #4980371 - 3 Oct 17 13:22
This is awesome!
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User #3509022 - 3 Oct 17 15:51
This is really good! I don't think it's overly complicated either. Perfect for ordinary FB friends. You should marry whoever did the voice-over.
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User #4412828 - 4 Oct 17 18:07
great music
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We had a solid month of think tanking.

New Census data on income, poverty, and health insurance came out, which we covered extensively. One of the pieces was picked up in Jacobin.

New Federal Reserve data on wealth came out, which we also covered extensively. A piece combining some of that coverage will appear in Jacobin soon. Some of the facts we pulled out of the microdata files were featured by Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris on social media, as you can see below. This brings our list of major elected officials who have directly pushed out 3P content to four, which is not bad for 7 to 8 weeks in.

We also began a Single Payer Myths series, which aims to tackle frequent criticisms of single payer one at a time. I have a lot more to come there.

As you can see at the top, I had my first TV appearance. In it, I argue for the merits of a UBI. Although I told the producer that I no longer worked at Demos in an email when asked to confirm my title and such, that apparently did not make it up the chain to the people who put the words in the prompter. Oh well.

Twitter followers and engagement are up. Facebook follows and likes are up. Email subscribers are up. And pageviews are up.

A big treat in the coming month will be the roll out of the first 3P produced video. I've seen the nearly final version of it, and it is incredible. I will probably make a mid-month post here once it is out encouraging you all to boost it on social media.


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User #4085515 - 27 Oct 17 16:11
That guy is a cartoon - nice job keeping your cool matt
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User #5604331 - 3 Oct 17 14:24
Wow, that other fellow is the reason I contribute to your project. His reasoning is pretty sickening.
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User #7853995 - 11 Oct 17 17:22
Amazing stuff Matt..
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User #3769114 - 1 Oct 17 22:45
Thanks for letting us support such a great project.
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User #4412828 - 1 Oct 17 18:47
Great job, super excited that this is getting traction so quickly!
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User #9440555 - 24 Jan 18 03:32
Nice work
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User #151839 - 4 Oct 17 19:42
lol'ed at "if the US had a poverty problem, it wouldn't be a magnet for the world's poor"
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User #10340821 - 21 Mar 18 14:27
John Tammy is the perfect example of how the capitalist ideology promotes false propaganda to support income inequality by labeling the biblical principle of sharing as indecent and indicative of wanting something for nothing. Ironically that accurately describes corporate welfare
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User #2439103 - 1 Oct 17 23:13
Matt how much more do we have to chip in so you own a sports coat for TV?
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User #9577832 - 30 Jul 18 20:35
Kudo for staying calm dude! But I kinda wish you would challenge that guy more, he is insufferable
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User #495904 - 1 Oct 17 18:45
Awesome work, Matt!
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User #4412828 - 1 Oct 17 18:57
also, for your first TV appearance, you did a very good job. In that silly dualing-interview format (where there is generally supposed to be a clear 'winner/loser') you pretty clearly won the exchange.
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User #5671739 - 1 Oct 17 20:22
You may think he won but listen to this: you can't just let people decide how income is distributed.
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User #7338166 - 1 Oct 17 23:44
I like the part were the dumbass in the suit was horrified at the thought that politicians might engage in politics. Oh no, they're going to compete for votes by promising people more ponies!
Update 2017-09-02T16:14:04+00:00

Greetings patrons. As I noted in the last post, the website is now up and running. So that's good.

Had some solid content up last month. The best piece, in my opinion, was from Peter Gowan and Mio Tastas Viktorsson about Sweden's practical plan to socialize industry in the 1970s and 1980s.

In addition to the posting activity, I got some media hits at Vox, Vice, The Week, and Roll Call. Roll Call had a lovely piece about the think tank itself, while the others quoted me on some bit of policy here and there.

I did some more podcast and radio interviews and a few of the pieces on the website were syndicated to Jacobin to get more exposure.

All in all a good start and one we can build off I think going forward.

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User #5517729 - 2 Sep 17 16:41
Awesome. Thanks for the update Matt. I enjoyed the articles.
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User #1009941 - 2 Sep 17 23:41
I was personally a little surprised at how readily 3P was mentioned in some of the outlets I follow. It's almost as if there's a yearning for leftist policies articulated without remorse.
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User #4980371 - 2 Sep 17 16:15
KILLIN' IT
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User #3763359 - 5 Sep 17 22:35
Will there be a focus for PPP on drafting explicit policy papers alongside the media-focused content?
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peoplespolicyproject - 6 Sep 17 23:03
I have one paper being produced right now. I am in the process of soliciting another. I also have a video that is being produced right now. I think once I get the first video and first paper done, I'll have a process down for how to do them start to finish, which will make it easier to do more at a more rapid pace going forward.
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User #4491637 - 2 Sep 17 17:23
I, too, would like to know which podcasts.
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User #4133514 - 2 Sep 17 18:28
I don't get it, where's the post saying there's been significant delays and that you're going to have to find corporate funding just to keep the lights on? And I don't think you've even mentioned pivoting. Please say you're putting at least 80% of the patreon funds into "new media" advertising.
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peoplespolicyproject - 2 Sep 17 21:17
We are working on videos!
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User #5281780 - 2 Sep 17 17:04
Hey which podcasts?
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peoplespolicyproject - 2 Sep 17 17:50
I was on David Sirota's podcast and another podcast called "We Can Talk About." Not sure if they are out yet, but Sirota does his own patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sirota The other one is here: https://www.wecantalkaboutpodcast.com/
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User #7414110 - 22 Sep 17 03:39
I hope to work with you Matt and 3P, as our interests overlap a lot. 3P is not the only leftist startup think tank on Patreon looking for support. We (The Abs-Tract Organization) are unknown still, but hopefully will catch your attention. See our Patreon here, and be sure to check out the Medium blog (over 30 articles) and website (abs-tract.org). https://www.patreon.com/metamodernism
Website is Live 2017-08-07T13:08:10+00:00

I launched the website today. The featured post on launch is: If We Care About Inequality, We Must Confront Capital.


I designed and built this website by myself over the weekend. In hindsight, I should have done this from the beginning. But you live and you learn.

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User #4256218 - 7 Aug 17 14:15
The site looks great!
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User #7260232 - 10 Aug 17 16:42
Like your notion of a "welfare foundation". Your analysis of the metaphor is right on. Another metaphor seems common, that of a "right". What do rights have to do with foundations, and how are "rights" intertwined in your thinking?
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User #3347646 - 8 Aug 17 19:33
only thing missing is a forum for endless shitposting
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User #5974536 - 7 Aug 17 15:40
Insightful as always! I look forward to the hot takes
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User #165015 - 8 Aug 17 01:10
I think the header image is a little big, that style is a little outdated, but that's literally the only "complaint" and it's totally subjective. You did a great job.
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peoplespolicyproject - 8 Aug 17 02:51
The header looks good on mobile though.
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User #165015 - 8 Aug 17 03:24
Oh yeah, looks great on mobile.
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User #5594748 - 7 Aug 17 14:59
Great
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User #5281780 - 7 Aug 17 15:00
Great
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User #6791058 - 7 Aug 17 16:29
Admirable work.
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User #4527442 - 7 Aug 17 14:23
Good to see this up!
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User #1008550 - 7 Aug 17 20:16
I like the website design. Looking forward to reading upcoming posts.
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User #5974536 - 7 Aug 17 18:05
It would be cool if your site had a mobile app
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User #4132004 - 7 Aug 17 15:37
thank you for including an RSS feed
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User #4765950 - 7 Aug 17 19:28
Well done, sir.
2 month update 2017-08-01T13:48:19+00:00

I have hit a bump in the road because the website was supposed to have been delivered by now but has not been. This is an unfortunate bottleneck because the website is the vehicle for all the content and helps establish legitimacy and seriousness. I am now told it will be done this month. We will see.

Posts

Despite that setback, I have been plodding along with content. I released two of the pre-written pieces intended for the website launch on my personal website while we wait:

1. Nordic Socialism Is Realer Than You Think

2. The Success Sequence Is About Cultural Beefs Not Poverty

Both were well-received from what I can tell. The latter is going to be posted on the Jacobin site soon. There are more like these that I am trying to hold on to until the actual website releases.

Op-Ed

I also did a Buzzfeed op-ed on the healthcare debate, laying out the argument for why Democrats need to start working on single-payer now.

Quote

I was quoted in Vox in an article about nascent plans for fixing Obamacare.

Meanwhile, Democratic members of Congress have increasingly rallied behind achieving universal health care through a single-payer health care system. The Problem Solver policies may face criticism from the left for not going far enough.
"There are good and bad parts of this proposal. Pouring more subsidies into the market to bring down the direct costs shouldered by consumers is a step in the right direction,” said Matt Bruenig, an analyst at the left-wing think tank the People’s Policy Project.
But, he added, “tweaking around the edges like this will still leave tens of millions of people uninsured, tens of millions more underinsured, and many individual health insurance markets with one or even no insurance options. The only way to solve the big problems in our health care system is through universal public insurance."

Paper

The long-term care single-payer paper that I commissioned is moving along. These sorts of papers take quite a bit of time to research and write, but it is in very capable hands.

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User #3509022 - 2 Aug 17 01:31
Better late than never! Stuff takes time and you don't want to put out a bunch of good articles on a half-baked website. Take your time. Looking forward to the launch.
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User #7853995 - 11 Oct 17 17:24
Hii guys i am new at patreon finding people who can support for my cause..
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User #2493648 - 1 Aug 17 16:23
Hey guys. I'm the webdev responsible for the slowdown. We had a staff changeup but predict the site to be finished by Mid-Afternoon tomorrow, the 2nd.
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User #3199011 - 1 Aug 17 18:15
don't forget the meme stash tab
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User #5972436 - 1 Aug 17 19:53
This is good news. Thanks for the update.
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User #2493648 - 2 Aug 17 04:14
Hard work all day but expect results by end of day tomorrow PDT. Gotta crunch before the DSA convention!
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User #5240588 - 1 Aug 17 21:54
Loved the buzzfeed piece! Great to see the healthcare debate heating up on mainstream outlets. I used to do freelance and contract web development work (now do it professionally). It's always a good idea to make sure that you (the client) own the code, image assets and deliverables and host them on a server/site that you rent and operate, rather than letting the firm host it. That way you can always bring in outside help if they're dragging their feet. Sounds like the agency is picking things up but I'd be happy to help set up hosting, databases, etc if you want to take it in-house.
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User #5594748 - 4 Aug 17 06:13
great
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User #5972436 - 1 Aug 17 13:54
How did the website hit a snag? In this day a website with the proposed design could be completed in about half a day...
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User #60708 - 1 Aug 17 14:17
Without knowing anything about "the proposed design" I'm not sure how any of us can just assume it would fit neatly in a Squarespace template.
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User #5972436 - 1 Aug 17 14:27
Joel: Check the post directly under this one?
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User #5972436 - 1 Aug 17 14:28
I'm not trolling. I've been giving money to this. This just feels like a potential waste of resources that could be used better elsewhere.
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peoplespolicyproject - 1 Aug 17 14:57
Believe me I am just as frustrated as you are. I hired a firm to do it and they are taking longer than they said they would. If you want to unsubscribe until the website is up, I understand that. I can tell you I've not taken any money from this yet and won't until it's fully operational.
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User #5972436 - 1 Aug 17 15:02
I appreciate your response. It's more frustration at how often this happens. Aside from initial graphic design there really isn't a need to hire web-design specialists in this day and age, and many of these firms engage in predatory practices. I'll stick around for now. I just hope you aren't throwing good money after bad.
One Month Update
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2017-06-30T16:19:55+00:00
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Hello everyone. It's been one month since I got my first withdrawal of money. In that time, I have:


1. Commissioned a website from a web design firm. See above. It is still in progress but should be ready to go in the latter half of next month. I am spooling up content for it right now by drafting posts. The content up there right now is filler just to see what it looks like. It will not be on the website when it launches.


2. Commissioned a first paper. The topic is how to do long-term care under single payer. In the single payer materials I have read, the issue of long-term care is typically overlooked. So I think this paper will help fill that gap and also be a good building block for a later comprehensive proposal. The person I am working with is an expert in this area, but I don't want to name them here in case it does not work out.


3. Made some progress on videos. I am in touch with a very talented animator who I hope to eventually commission videos from. He tells me the way to do that is to write a script, record the audio, send it along to the animator, and then they can make a video to match. So I have purchased a nice microphone and recorder to do voiceovers and will be playing around with that and some audio editing software soon to learn how to do voiceovers. I will not personally be doing the voiceovers because my voice is bad, but I know some people with good voices who can help.


4. Grabbed the social media accounts. I also have social media accounts, but they are currently inactive.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PplPolicyProj

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Peoples-Policy-Project-1365308376917460/

Please follow the Facebook page because I need to get over a certain number of followers to change the url to something nicer.

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User #3645018 - 9 Jul 17 15:57
Can't wait! Proud to be a supporter.
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User #3939353 - 30 Jun 17 20:04
If you find yourself needing anyone for voiceovers, I'd love to pitch in!
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User #4611096 - 30 Jun 17 17:30
You're really good at this! This is solid progress my dude.
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User #5594748 - 26 Jul 17 00:33
We need more people like you, tremendous effort, great quality.
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User #4861534 - 30 Jun 17 17:39
Money well spent. Nice work!
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User #5015345 - 9 Jul 17 18:44
When do we take over CATO
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User #544197 - 30 Jun 17 19:26
This all looks great. One small suggestion -- maybe it should say "email us" and point to an institutional email? To make it look like less of a one man band.
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peoplespolicyproject - 30 Jun 17 23:04
Good point. I will do that.
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User #2493648 - 30 Jun 17 17:20
Me and the team at AgentWebDev.com are honored to be working on the site.
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User #5299579 - 30 Jun 17 22:46
"The person I am working with is an expert in this area, but I don't want to name them here in case it does not work out." Can you expand on this? Do you mean if you don't like the final product or are there other possible issues?
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peoplespolicyproject - 30 Jun 17 23:07
I am thinking maybe something comes up in their life and the person ends up not having the time to do it anymore. It's quite an undertaking to produce one of these things. I have no reason to think there will be any issue.
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User #60708 - 10 Jul 17 05:11
If there is any truth in this → https://kitty.town/users/KevinCarson1/updates/23405 I think it would make a great subject for a video.
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User #212911 - 30 Jun 17 17:54
I still owe you a UBI video, Matt.
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User #3509022 - 1 Jul 17 16:40
Looks great!
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User #3347646 - 30 Jun 17 21:14
i want a demonstration of the logical syllogism proving that corbyn is good
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User #5684376 - 5 Jul 17 05:23
Great work
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User #3304103 - 15 Jul 17 20:52
Good work
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User #3677126 - 6 Jul 17 20:37
Keep goin
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User #4155163 - 30 Jun 17 16:49
if you need help or tips with audio production, I do it for a living and would be happy to contribute!
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peoplespolicyproject - 30 Jun 17 16:52
email me matthewbruenig@gmail.com
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User #3779942 - 30 Jun 17 16:39
Who down with PPP...Yeah you know me!
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User #5970413 - 30 Jun 17 16:39
Design looks great Matt. Looking forward to it.
Update 2017-06-01T19:04:13+00:00

Alright folks. I just got the first tranche of money today (not yet in the bank account, but soon). So we are in business.

At this point, I have completed all of the background legal filings, set up a bank account, and in general worked through the initial administrative hurdles to doing it.

The name, based on the input in the prior post, is going to be People's Policy Project. A lot of people expressed reservations over using "institute" or "center" because it conjures up all the other orgs in DC. So I figure "project" solves that problem. "People's" signals the left bent and the unique crowdfunding element to it without being too aggressive. And PPP is a fun acronym.

I am working on a website right now with a design firm.

I also am working on the preliminaries of commissioning a single-payer paper with a group of three health policy experts/activists. The hope is that will be the first full blown project.

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Name Ideas 2017-05-09T14:04:05+00:00

Hello patrons.


My tentative plan for this project is as follows.


1. Pick a name

2. Create a legal entity

3. Pay someone to create a nice website

4. Post my own policy stuff on the website and commission others to write policy papers, make animated videos, etc.


Any name suggestions for this thing?


For reference, almost every other project like this is called a "center" or an "institute" (American Enterprise Institute, Center for American Progress, etc.) if you want to remain in the usual naming norms.

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