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Natalie Foster with Darrick Hamilton: The Guarantee

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Can you 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, according to Natalie Foster, co-founder of the Economic Security Project. She says 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?

Her vision for a new American Guarantee 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 21st-century America.

Natalie Foster joins with Dr. Darrick Hamilton, economics professor at The New School for Social Research, to discuss shifting the debate about our shared economic system.


This program has 2 types of tickets available: in-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

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Thu, May 9 / 6:00 PM PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Natalie Foster

President, Economic Security Project; Author, The Guarantee: Inside the Fight for America’s Next Economy

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In Conversation with Darrick Hamilton

Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy and Director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification and Political Economy, The New School for Social Research


5:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
6–7 p.m. program
7 p.m. book signing
(all times Pacific Time)


$12 members 
$22 nonmembers
$42 members with a book
$52 nonmembers with a book
Free for Leadership Circle members and students (without a book)
Free for members
$5 nonmembers
$30 members with a book
$35 nonmembers with a book
Free for Leadership Circle members and students (without a book)