Economic policies involve trade, minimum wages, and social insurances. They lay the foundation for our prosperity, allowing us to move forward without stumbling over rough patches and leaving behind those who paved the path forward.

Founding policies supporting structural wealth—such as a universal dividend, a structural minimum wage, and a fair tax system—ensure the poorest among us share in the growth of our society’s wealth. If we become 10% wealthier per person, then the poorest should also become 10% wealthier.

The universal dividend, in particular, supports those who have faced hardship as we enjoy greater progress. It’s not welfare—we have other social insurances for that—but rather a self-managing stimulus, rebuilding entire communities who have sacrificed so our society can grow stronger. We must support and elevate these communities so they can engage in our economy and share in this new wealth they have helped build.