Big idea: A new New Deal

Jun 23, 2008

The New York Times Magazine this weekend ran an intriguing piece by Dalton Conley, a sociology professor at NYU. The essay focuses on the need for a "postindustrial revision to the social contract," or what we and others have called a "new New Deal." Conley neatly summarizes many of the principles that underlie Freelancers Union's work, such as that benefits should no longer be tied exclusively to people's jobs, since workers increasingly don't have long-term relationships with one employer. Also, people need to be able to form diverse risk pools to purchase insurance as a group. (Conley name-checks Freelancers Union as an organization that's doing this already.) This short column is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in reimagining the social safety net!