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The Guarantee

The Guarantee

Inside the Fight for America's Next Economy

Natalie Foster
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The Guarantee asks us to imagine an America where housing, health care, a college education, dignified work, family care, an inheritance, and an income floor are not only attainable by all but guaranteed, by our government, for everyone.

But isn't this pie-in-the-sky thinking? Not by a long shot, as this provocative new book reveals. As it stands, our current economic system is chock full of government-backed guarantees, from bailouts to bankruptcy protection, to keep the private sector in business. So why can't the same be true for the rest of us?

Author Natalie Foster, co-founder (with Dorian Warren and Facebook's Chris Hughes) of the Economic Security Project, has had a front-row seat to the dramatic leaps forward in government guarantees over the past decade, from student debt relief to the child tax credit expansion. Her brilliantly sketched vision for a new Guarantee Framework is rooted in real life experiences, collaborations with some of today's most important activists and visionaries, and a concrete sense of the policies that are possible--and ready to implement--in twenty-first-century America.

The Guarantee is the rare book that will shift the terms of debate, moving us from the expired and defunct assumptions of no-guardrails capitalism to a nation that works for all of its people.


Natalie Fosteris a leading architect of the movement to build an inclusive and resilient economy. She is the president and co-founder of Economic Security Project and an Aspen Institute Fellow, and her work and writing has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Time, Business Insider, CNN, and The Guardian. Natalie speaks regularly on economic security, the future of work, and the new political economy. An unstoppable builder, Natalie previously founded the sharing economy community Peers and co-founded Rebuild the Dream with Van Jones, and served as Digital Director for President Obama's Organizing for America--a leading partner in winning transformative healthcare reform. A daughter of a preacher from Kansas, Natalie draws on the values of community, dignity, and optimism to build a better America. The Guarantee: Inside the Fight for America's Next Economy (The New Press) is her first book. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and two kids.


  • Publisher: New Press
  • Publish Date: April 23, 2024
  • Pages: 288
  • Dimensions: 5.51 X 8.58 X 1.26 inches | 1.05 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Hardcover
  • EAN/UPC: 9781620978467
  • BISAC Categories: Public Policy - Economic Policy, Public Policy - Social policy, Social Classes & Economic Disparity, Poverty & Homelessness
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