We all love life, right? That’s why longevity is such a sensible measure of the quality of life in a given place. Gaps in longevity data emerge into view quickly thanks to such things as gender and occupation. Ideally, a well off society should find these gaps moderate and when in the right frame of mind it might even challenge these gaps, seek to close them up. A new medical study reinforces our understanding of the role of income in determining longevity with the finding that in Canada high income men are starting to outlive low income women. The incomes of Canada’s richer males is more powerful than the natural characteristic of women to outlive men.
Did you just say ‘holy shit’? We did.
High income men now outliving low income women, study finds
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When this blog began in 2011 the idea of a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) was still kinda out there. Not any more.
Here is a good feature article designed to convey a sense of recent momentum from a UK perspective:
Should we scrap benefits and give everyone 100 a week? The idea of a universal basic income is about to leap from the margins to the mainstream, bringing promises of a happier and healthier population
Canadian writer Anemone Cerridwen writes regarding the potential benefits to women of a BIG:
A basic income guarantee is both feasible and feminist
If a given nation’s welfare system took on some of the characteristics of its surveillance system, what would that be like?
Pregnant, on Medicaid and being watched
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For International Women’s Day we thought to first share a longish feature from The Guardian. Written in 2014, it’s about who gets to design our communities. The second shorter piece is about a specific item of social policy and women.
If women built cities, what would our urban landscape look like? The number of women in UK architecture firms is falling, and many urbanists are worried by the ‘very, very male-dominated’ worlds of planning and construction. So how would cities differ if women designed them? (2014)
Thinking about basic income on International Women’s Day
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Some of the strongest leveraging effects from the enactment of a basic income – a social policy granting all citizens enough to live on – would come to be found in women’s lives.
It’s payback time for women
New York Times Sunday Review
Less-than-the-best housing is an up front tactical issue for students. A deferred, strategic issue, and probably the more socially worrisome of the two, is the enormous debt they can wind up carrying. Not a pretty trillion-dollar picture in America.
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