Author Archives: Josh Martin

UNITED STATES: President Obama Discusses Basic Income Without Clearly Endorsing or Opposing It

Three reporters from Bloomberg Businessweek included a question about Basic Income at their White House interview of President Obama yesterday. John Micklethwait, editor-in-chief for Bloomberg; Megan Murphy, Bloomberg News Washington bureau chief; and Editor-in-Chief Ellen Pollock, asked the president, Some economists suggest that globalization is going to start targeting all those services jobs. If you want to keep up wages

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Renana Jhabvala, “India’s time for unconditional cash transfers”

Jhabvala’s article is a great introduction to the basic income debate in India.  The article walks through India’s basic income pilot projects as well as an examination of current government spending programs, concluding that more research should be done in order to slowly shift India to a basic income while protecting the most vulnerable citizens. Renana Jhabvala, “India’s time for

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John Tomlinson, “Universal Basic Income is the policy that an innovative society needs”

Tomlinson, a long-time member of BIEN, writes in this opinion piece that Australia should seriously entertain the idea of a basic income if their government is truly interested in cultivating an innovative society.  Adopting a basic income would, according to Tomlinson, unleash individual creativity and would drive the economy to be truly innovative. John Tomlinson, “Universal Basic Income is the

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Julia Hermann, “Would an unconditional basic income be just?”

Hermann considers basic income from the perspective of justice and concludes that basic income is worth pursuing.  She finds that basic income would be just due to its egalitarian nature of real equality, and it will ensure an income floor for everyone by decoupling work from income.  Further, she believes that a basic income will lead to financial independence for

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Gerald Huff, “Basic income is the best way to survive the robot takeover”

Huff discusses the future of technological unemployment and references a few studies that highlight the potentially massive job loss the economy could face in the coming decades. As technology improves and automation harnesses deep learning capabilities, Huff believes society needs to have a plan in place to deal with its economic ramifications. Gerald Huff, “Basic income is the best way

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John Tamny, “Guaranteed Income Is a Comically Awful Poverty Solution”

John Tamny writes this piece in order to critique the basic income idea, which he calls a “monumentally silly idea” and “logically dim”.  His lengthy critique spouts many standard arguments against basic income, including fears of subsidized idleness and a lack of economic growth.  Instead, he believes trusting markets and growth alone are the best ways to move people out of

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Ben Tarnoff, “Tech billionaires got rich off us. Now they want to feed us the crumbs”

Tarnoff’s article argues that Silicon Valley’s interest in the basic income idea is driven by an intention to appease the public with a basic income while they reap large profits as the wealthy few who own the means of production in a world of technological unemployment. He finds the technological unemployment argument overstated and a way to establish a meritocratic

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Francine Mestrum, “Why Basic Income Can Never Be A Progressive Solution”

Mestrum’s article critiques basic income from the left, accepting that poverty needs to be abolished through a minimum guaranteed income for poor people, but asking why basic income should be given to all citizens instead of a benefit closer to a negative income tax that would only benefit those who need it.  Further, she believes the gross cost of a

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