Author Archives: Andre Coelho

BRAZIL: Maricá municipality continues on course for basic income implementation

Maricá, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)   Fabiano Horta, the Mayor of Maricá, Brazil, has extended the unconditional income already distributed in Maricá, Brazil, to all its residents. He also aims at raising the distributed value tenfold during 2017.   The unconditional income is paid in Mumbuca, a local social currency. One Mumbuca is valued at one Real. The initial income

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PORTUGAL: NGO network organizes event focused on basic income

Event room at Coolabora. Credit to: Graça Rojão.   On the 25th of March 2017, a meeting of the Fórum Cidadania & Território (link) took place in Covilhã, a mountain city in Serra da Estrela, Portugal. This regular gathering of individuals and institutions was at Coolabora, a local non-governmental organization (NGO), and apart from particular issues related to citizenship and

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PORTUGAL: Future of work and basic income is discussed in national TV, for the first time

RTP3: Fronteiras XXI (debate panelists)   On the past Thursday, 15th of March 2017, basic income was discussed for the first time on a prime-time television program in Portugal, through the recently created channel RTP3.   The program, which ran for 1hr 30 min, was framed as a group interview and debate, moderated by journalist Carlos Daniel. The program included

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HUNGARY: Prime Minister Viktor Orbán speaks harshly against basic income

Picture: Viktor Orbán. Credit to Politics.Hu Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister, made reference to basic income in his speech at the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, held on 28 February, 2017.   The speech itself is very much focused on economic issues, centred on the Hungarian reality. Orbán, however, also offers comments about his vision for Hungarian society and

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Dinheiro gratis (Free money): podcast with André Coelho in Rádio Renascença (Portugal)

On February 6th Paulo Pinto published a podcast on basic income for the Portuguese radio station Rádio Renascença. Motivated by the recent growth in interest for what is often considered the “radical project” of basic income in Finland, Paulo Pinto condenses all the available information about basic income and shortly interviews André Coelho, Basic Income News’s lead-editor and activist.  

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Marcus Brancaglione: “209 reasons to have faith on basic income”

(Bruna Augusto) Marcus Brancaglione has written yet another book about basic income. Marcus, a brazilian author with more than ten edited books and founder of the Recivitas NGO in Brazil, has compiled libertarian arguments from four of his other books in this new 445 page book.   As a way of spreading the book’s message, Bruna Augusto, president of Recivitas,

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VIDEO: UK’s Work and Pensions Committee oral evidence on basic income (summary of content)

(From left to right: Louise Haagh, Annie Miller, Becca Kirkpatrick, Ben Southwood) As reported recently, a formal hearing called by the Work and Pensions Committee  of the UK Parliament was carried out on the 12th of January 2017, in Birmingham, for a session dedicated to basic income. This hearing was recorded on video, and can be watched here.   From

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Korea: New presidential candidate promises universal basic income

Mayor Lee Jae-myung. Credit to: Pangyo Techno Valley.   On December 9, 2016, the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea voted to impeach Park Geun-hye  over a corruption scandal with her lifelong friend Choi Soon-sil. Due to the impeachment, the next presidential election in Korea is expected to take place early, in April or May 2017 instead of December, 2017.

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AUDIO: Universal Basic Income – Has its time come?

This twenty-seven-minute audio broadcast from BBC World Service is dedicated to discussing basic income, on general terms, and has been played for the first time on the 20th of November, 2016. The discussion is chaired by Ed Butler, who has invited Louise Haagh (University of York and Basic Income Earth Network Co-chair), Michael Faye, Michael Tanner (economist, senior fellow at

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