Author Archives: Karl Widerquist

Two Proposals to Change BIEN’s Description of Unconditional Basic Income

Members of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) have made two proposals to Change BIEN’s description of Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) on BIEN’s website and in its statutes. BIEN’s current statutes describe UBI as, “an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work.” A motion by Lieselotte Wohlgenannt and others proposes to add a

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BERLIN, GERMANY: Generation Basic Income Takes the World’s Largest Poster on Tour

The World’s largest Poster, which was first unveiled on May 14th in Geneva, Switzerland by Generation Grundeinkommen [Generation Basic Income], is now on tour. Today, on May 29th, it has come to Berlin: The Brandenburg Gate, Straße des 17. Juni, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The biggest poster in the world reads with what Generation Basic Income calls, “the

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Karl Widerquist, “The Bottom Line in a Basic Income Experiment”

This article, originally published in 2007, has been re-released on the author’s website because of the increasing likelihood that basic income implementation trials are on their way. Abstract: A basic income (BI) experiment (or a pilot project or an implementation trial) is worth doing if it focuses on the right question. Some of the problems with the U.S. negative income

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BRUSSELS: “Basic income: Paradise or Purgatory?” 2 June 2016

Only days ahead of the Swiss referendum on basic income we take on the very same topic. A guaranteed basic income for every citizen: The idea sounds alluring, especially if it would replace the hotchpotch social security systems around Europe. Basic income is currently reliving somewhat of a renaissance in Europe, with the Finnish government implementing its first experimental basic income scheme

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Bryan Dean Wright, “Op-Ed Robots are coming for your job”

This op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times proposes “a Data Mining Royalties Fund.” According to the author, ” In short, I’m proposing that companies pay a royalty to a permanent federal fund when they mine and sell personal data.  From those proceeds would flow a yearly check, similar to Alaska’s permanent fund… Or, said another way, basic guaranteed income.”

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Olivia Goldhill, “All of the problems Universal Basic Income can solve that have nothing to do with unemployment”

According to this article, “Universal Basic Income isn’t just mankind’s answer to the threat of robots in the workplace … The idealistic-sounding scheme would also solve many other 21st century problems …” Olivia Goldhill, “All of the problems Universal Basic Income can solve that have nothing to do with unemployment” Quartz, April 24, 2016    

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Geneva: Swiss Basic Income Ground Sets World Record with the World’s Largest Poster

The Swiss campaigning for a basic income set world record on 14th May 2016 by unveiling the world’s largest poster. They laid out “The biggest Question on Earth” –  on the largest ever printed poster – on the public square “Plaine de Plainpalais” in Geneva and were recognized by the official “Guinness Book of World Records”. The poster, which cost

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David Calnitsky, “‘More Normal than Welfare’: The Mincome Experiment, Stigma, and Community Experience”

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of a social experiment from the 1970s called the Manitoba Basic Annual Income Experiment (Mincome). I examine Mincome’s “saturation” site located in Dauphin, Manitoba, where all town residents were eligible for guaranteed annual income payments for three years. Drawing on archived qualitative participant accounts I show that the design and framing of Mincome led

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