Bold Visions

How might poverty be addressed if the usual political constraints were set aside? Six distinguished commentators weigh in.

Table of Contents (Spring 2017)

Editors’ Note
The Facts Behind the Visions
The composition of the country’s low-income population is changing rapidly. How might the country’s next war on poverty take these changes into account?
A New Anti-Poverty Policy Litmus Test
Here’s a radical idea: Let’s insist that America’s anti-poverty policy serves to incorporate, rather than separate, the poor from the rest of society.
Cash Matters and Place Matters: A Child Poverty Plan That Capitalizes on New Evidence
If nations are judged by how they treat their children, the United States is currently failing the test. Here’s a simple plan to pass that test by assuring that all children grow up in good neighborhoods and with adequate income.
A New Safety Net for 21st-Century Families
The safety net for the 21st century has to acknowledge that we live in a world of increasing family complexity.
It’s Time to Complete the Work-Based Safety Net
An emphasis on personal responsibility is not enough. It’s also about jobs, jobs, and jobs.
Don’t Let “Conversation One” Squeeze Out “Conversation Two”
Why are our poverty plans so timid? The old America used to be bold and brash.