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The Case for Free Money

The idea of the government giving all citizens enough money to get by seems a bit like socialism, but many libertarian conservatives are getting behind it. A basic income could replace entitlement programs, cut down on poverty rates, and give people more freedom and flexibility in the job market. The idea was popularized by market economist Milton Friedman, and tested in several American cities by President Richard Nixon in the 1970s. We explore the 'Guaranteed Basic Income' and its intriguing appeal to people across the political spectrum.

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