Mark Paul, William Darity Jr., & Darrick Hamilton

Mark Paul is a postdoctoral associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and a visiting fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.

William Darity, Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cooke Professor of Public Policy, and professor of African and African American Studies and economics at Duke University.

Darrick Hamilton is professor of economics and urban policy at the Milano School of International Affairs and professor of management and urban polic at the New School for Social Research. 

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The Full Employment Solution

Truly fixing the American economy requires full employment, as Franklin Roosevelt proposed 74 years ago. And that can't be done through the private sector alone. 

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola) A sign advertising employment hangs outside a restaurant in Middleton, Massachusetts, on July 24, 2017. T wo years into U.S. involvement in World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his 1944 State of the Union address, calling for a Second Bill of Rights—by which he meant not just political rights, but economic rights. The wartime economy was firing on all cylinders, bringing the unemployment rate to historic lows, averaging just 1.7 percent from 1943 to 1945. But Roosevelt and his advisers were concerned about maintaining these employment levels and the economic expansion when the war came to a close. “Necessitous men,” Roosevelt observed, “are not free men.” Those “who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” Real freedom, he said, freedom to “pursue happiness,” required a “second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all.” For Roosevelt, full citizenship...