The time has come for us to civilize ourselves

January 16th, 2012  |  Published in Politics, Work

Commenter JKudler [alerted me]( to one of the less well understood aspects of Martin Luther King's legacy. I knew that MLK had described himself as a democratic socialist, but I didn't know that he [said this](

> In addition to the absence of coordination and sufficiency, the programs of the past all have another common failing -- they are indirect. Each seeks to solve poverty by first solving something else.

> I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective -- the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.

Naturally [I agree](, and I encourage you to read the [whole thing](, which ends on the note I quoted in the title. It's something to ponder as you go about marking the occasion of MLK day---or, as Ron Paul calls it, [Hate Whitey Day]( whatever way you find appropriate.

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