Author Archives: Peter Vandevanter

United States: The Economic Security Project funds 35 grantees

The $10 million Economic Security Project (ESP) has awarded 35 organizations which will exercise with Universal Basic Income concepts in 2018.   The ESP, established in 2016 partly by Chris Hughes (co-founder of Facebook and roommate of Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard), supports the work of innovators who are committed to exploring how recurring cash stipends make economies work for everyone.

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United States: CQ releases basic income research compilation

Congressional Quarterly (CQ) has published a research paper on basic income (BI) that explains its universal popularity due to automation growth estimates worldwide. The CQ Researcher covers everything from Scott Santens’ crowdfunded self-financing mechanism to U.S. ex-President Obama’s belief that the debate may last 10 to 20 years.   The 21-page research paper, written by London freelancer Sara Glazer, includes

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United States: Congressman Ro Khanna introduces EITC bill, garners comparison to BI

Ro Khanna. Credit to: Salon.   Ro Khanna, a Democratic congressman from Silicon Valley, has introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that would expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for all Americans, a step towards a basic income according to at least one Silicon Valley observer. Khanna, a 31-year old Philadelphian, the son of Punjabi immigrants, walked districts with

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United States: Philosophy class examines universal Basic Income whose time has come

A Stanford University class –available on a podcast replays the 1970s Manitoba, Canada, experiment called “mincome,” on the way to rejoicing in Universal Basic Income. In the U.S., Silicon Valley entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, who according to some is preparing to run for U.S. President, are promoting universal basic income. What does basic income mean, students ask? The contentious subject

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Hillel Steiner, “A philosopher’s take on Global Basic Income”

Hillel Steiner. Credit to: Festival 800.   Hillel Steiner, Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Manchester and writing on Know It All says that an unconditional basic income (UBI) funded by land value taxation (LVT) may create consensus among Left and Right political parties. Steiner, author of the prize-winning book “An Essay on Rights” writes: “Opportunities to

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United States: Standing, in Moon magazine interview, says nearly half of world population misled by right-wing politicians

Guy Standing. Credit to: Lighthouse.   Guy Standing, co-founder of Bien and a University of London professor, in an interview for the Moon magazine says people with a precarious future are preyed upon by right-wing politicians. Neo-liberal economic policies, “globalization, automation, and outsourcing” have, according to Standing, created a large and rising number of precariats (estimated as 40-50% of world

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United States: Alaska citizen’s monthly payment means recipients work more, not less

Despite endorsing a larger carbon footprint for Alaska, the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD payment, according to a survey released last week, of one thousand employees), encouraged only one per cent of recipients to work less. Perhaps the oldest, continuous, Basic Income-like social program is the Alaska PFD, going since the 1980s and currently paying every adult citizen $2,072 annually. Last year’s

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Louise Haagh: “Basic Income as a pivoting reform”

Louise Haagh   Louise Haagh, an associate professor at the University of York and chair of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), argues in the June Nature that the reform is making inroads internationally today. Nature is one of the world’s top academic journals, claiming an online readership of about 3 million unique readers per month. At the same time,

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