Summary

Andy Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), spent four years traveling the country and asking economists, futurists, labor leaders, CEOs, investment bankers, entrepreneurs, and political leaders to help envision the US economy 25 to 30 years from now. He vividly reports on people who are analyzing and creating this new economy - such as investment banker Steve Berkenfeld; David Cote, the CEO of Honeywell International; and Andy Grove of Intel.
Through these stories, we come to a stark and deeper understanding of the toll technological progress will continue to take on jobs and income and its inevitable effect on tens of millions of people. But there is hope for our economy and future. The foundation of economic prosperity for all Americans, Stern believes, is a universal basic income. The idea of a universal basic income for all Americans is controversial, but American attitudes are shifting. Stern has been a game changer throughout his career, and his next goal is to create a movement that will force the political establishment to take action against something that many on both the right and the left believe is inevitable.
©2016 Andy Stern (P)2017 Tantor
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"[Stern] does a solid job of making his case without waxing too wild-eyed...This is a book eminently worth talking about." ( Kirkus)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 19-04-18

An important voice

Andy Stern's book, Raising the Floor, joins the chorus of progressive voices in favour of Universal Basic Income. What sets this book apart is the personal story of its author, which is prominent on its pages and which gives me hope. The author's point of view feels very refreshing, since it's so rare to find a union guy - let alone a big league ex union boss! - who understands how obsolete the old labour markets are in responding to rapid structural changes.

Stern isn't afraid to challenge many taboos of the American left while retaining the spirit of solidarity that animates the labour movement. He sees how New Deal social democracy needs to change as a result.

I don't think he goes far enough in abandoning the piecemeal legislation, pro regulation, pro big government mentality, since he advocates for raising the minimum wage and mandating a shorter work week, but at least he acknowledges that these are, at best, short term policy solutions, while a UBI ought to be the long term solution.

Even if, as a libertarian, I disagree with him on many details, I admire his commitment to bipartisan dialogue and open-minded attitude into assessing the risks and rewards of the future. This should be mandatory reading for all social democrats across Europe and the United States.

Note about the audiobook: The voice performance sounds a bit strange in its accents and inflections, but it's perfectly adequate.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 16-04-18

Book good, narrator not so much

The narrator was putting me off for the whole book, made it difficult to listen, but that is just my personal taste I guess. The book is worthwhile to read and the experience of the lead author definitely puts some weight behind the concepts discussed in the book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Dean Sawyer on 21-12-17

Narrator should find another job.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Change the narrator.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Couldn't get to the end.

Would you be willing to try another one of Chris Sorensen’s performances?

Yes. If another narrator.

Do you think Raising the Floor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Don't know I couldn't get through it.

Any additional comments?

This narrator is extremely distracting, to the point that I couldn't even concentrate on the material presented. He sounds like a robot. Every sentence is read like it is the ultimate statement of the entire book, and also ends with drawing out last word. He excessively over-articulates. Very annoying!!

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4 out of 5 stars
By DF on 27-05-18

Interesting content terrible reading

The content is so interesting that it’s a shame the reading makes it almost unlistenable

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