We must develop a program that will drive the nation to a guaranteed annual income.
The quote comes from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech “Where Do We Go From Here?” That King was a social liberal is well known. That he was a theological liberal is less widely known. But having highlighted both those points in years past on Martin Luther King Day, I thought that today I would highlight his economic liberalism, which became increasingly radical until, towards the end of his life, he supported the adoption of a universal basic income. This was a focus in his final book, which had the same title as the speech from which the quote above comes: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
It would be great if today, as we commemorate King’s legacy, we were to discuss not only his social vision, and not only his theological vision, but his economic vision as well.