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Remember the basic income grant South African labour unions, churches and NGOs campaigned for back in the 1990s and early noughties, but on which Trevor Manuel’s Treasury frowned on as a fiscal nonstarter? Silicon Valley A-lister Sam Altman thinks the US will have to adopt something like it within the next generation or two — and he’s not alone.

Source: LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: Moving slowly towards a basic income grant | Columnists | BDlive

Disconnected

David Brooks, the New York Times columnist, recently issued an interesting mea — or rather nostra — culpa for underestimating the appeal of Donald Trump. “We expected Trump to fizzle because we were not socially intermingled with his supporters and did not listen closely enough. For me, it’s a lesson that I have to change the way I do my job if I am going to report accurately on this country.”

Wherever Trump is headed after Wednesday’s momentum-killing defeat in Wisconsin, it’s worth examining why almost no one in the US media elite saw him emerging as a genuine contender until he started winning real votes. That failure speaks, as Brooks says, to a disconnect between the American punditocracy and the world it purports to know about.

Source: LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: Media failing to report the word on the street | Columnists | BDlive