Author Archives: Karl Widerquist

Summer Speaking Tour 2017

Overview (details below) June 15-18, 2017: New York, NY June 20-21: Brussels, Belgium June 27-29: Sheffield, United Kingdom July 5-7: Stockholm, Sweden July 9: Oslo, Norway July 11: Haugesund, Norway July 27-29: St. Louis, Missouri/O’Fallon, Illinois August 15: Canberra, Australia August 16: Sydney, Australia August 17-18: Melbourne, Australia August 31-September 1: Reykjavik, Iceland September 25-27: Lisbon, Portugal October 12-14 (tentative):

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How much does UBI cost?

I just completed some simple, “back-of-the-envelope” estimates the net cost of a UBI set at about the official poverty line: $12,000 per adult and $6,000 per child with a 50% “marginal tax rate.” They are in a paper entitled, “the Cost of Basic Income: Back-of-the-Envelope Calculations.” It’s currently under peer-review at an academic journal and available in un-reviewed form on

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The Piketty Observation Against the Institutional Background: How Natural is this Natural Tendency and What Can Basic Income Do about it?

The publisher of a paper I wrote in 2015 has now given me the right to share the published version of my own article without charge. (That is, without them charging me for sharing my own work with you.) The title is, “The Piketty Observation against the Institutional Background: How Natural is this Natural Tendency and What Can We Do

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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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