Author Archives: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

An Interview with Dr. Danielle Martin, MD CCFP FCFP MPP of Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions

(Image Credit to University of Toronto) You are a family doctor, with unique insights into the Canadian health care system. Your new book, Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians, poses, as per the title, six big ideas to improve the Canadian health care system. What inspired you to write this book?   Each chapter in

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Robin Clunie: “How to use Scotland’s land to create a brand new people’s welfare”

(Image credit: CommonSpace) Robin Clunie, an architect, outlined in a recent article the way Scotland can take control of its land to provide for all of its citizens. With an amendment to land ownership laws, this could be done, according to Clunie.   Clunie said, “All land except that immediately attached to a residence is taken into the people’s ownership

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Anthony Painter, “A universal basic income: the answer to poverty, insecurity, and health inequality?”

Anthony Painter, Director of the Action and Research Center at the RSA, in an editorial article described an experiment in the middle of the 1970s in the small town of Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada. As Painter describes, there were “statistically significant benefits” to the physical and mental health of the participants in the experiment, which was in the British Medical Journal.

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“A Brief History of the Idea That Everyone Should Get Free Cash for Life” (Mother Jones)

(Credit to: The American Prospect) Delphine d’Amora from Mother Jones has offered a brief history of the idea of basic income, tracking its development from the 18th century to its current resurgence with prominent modern advocates, such as Belgian philosophy professor Philippe van Parijs, and various basic income experiments ongoing in a number of countries. “After decades of obscurity, the

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FRANCE: Thomas Piketty, “Basic income or fair wage?”

(Image Credit: Le Monde) Thomas Piketty, Professor in the Paris School of Economics and author of Capital in the 21st Century, in his blog (in Le Monde) reports “there is a degree of consensus in France” on the provision of a minimum income. French citizens are for it. For the minimum income, Piketty says disagreements exist around the amount. The

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December 2016 Sam Altman interview in Business Insider

Credit to Business Insider According to Chris Weller from Business Insider, Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator (the largest startup accelerator in Silicon Valley), recently voiced some of his doubts regarding people replacing their current work with other meaningful work or activities if given a basic income. Weller reports Altman puts faith in the provision of free money to make

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INDIA: Ajit Ranade, “From NREGA to universal basic income”

Anjit Ranade, senior economist based in Mumbai, writes in The Free Press Journal that a direct universal cash benefit “can replace ill-targeted subsidies on cooking gas, fertiliser and food grain,” under India’s current welfare system. 4.2% of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is spent on subsidies: electricity, fertilizer, food, oil, rail, and water. Many of the subsidies do not make

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Gigi Foster, “Universal basic income: the dangerous idea of 2016”

Credit to The Conversation Universal basic income (UBI) has gain traction in the developed world. Some citizens in Australia support it. Gigi Foster, Associate Professor in the School of Economics at University of New South Wales, said, “…while good in theory, it’s no panacea for the challenges of our modern economy.” That is, UBI is gaining traction in the developed

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Seoul National University Economy professor Lee Keun says South Korea needs BI

(Image Credit: The Hankyoreh Media Company) According to business writer Kwack Jung-soo, South Korea will need to make fundamental changes to its operations due to the nation’s prolonged low growth and lack of new growth engines. In a new book entitled 2017 Grand Forecast for the South Korean Economy, 43 economics experts provide analyses and possible solutions to the economic crisis in

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Øyvind Steensen, “Den norske modellen versjon 2.0” (BI as continuation of Norwegian Model)

(Image Credit: Gjesteblogg) Øyvind Steensen describes the Norwegian model, which involves two citizen salary schemes – family allowances and minimum pension, and possible improvements to it. The change to the current welfare system would be the provision of a basic income. Steensen describes basic income as “a basic citizen wages granted without means testing for all adults residing in the

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