Author Archives: Will Wachtmeister

UNITED STATES: Big Milestone for America’s First Crowdfunded Basic Income

America’s first crowdfunded basic income campaign, created and managed by the San Francisco-based My Basic Income team, has hit its initial $15,000 crowdfunding goal, and is now preparing to raffle off a no-strings-attached Basic Income. In early spring, the team will hold a random drawing to decide who will receive $1,250/month for an entire year. The overall goal of the

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UNITED STATES: Big push as America’s first crowdfunded basic income project approaches first milestone

The first initiative to crowdfund basic income in the United States is quickly approaching its first milestone. By Friday, January 15, the My Basic Income project aims to raise $15,000 so that its first lucky winner can receive a basic income of $1,250 a month for a full year. “Once we make our goal, things really get fun,” Gregory Tippett

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FINLAND: The world’s first country with truly experimental governance

Finland is putting basic income on the map and has attracted worldwide media attention by spearheading plans for the world’s largest basic income pilot. Over the past month, the planned Finnish experiment has fascinated such a large number of readers and news outlets that – perhaps inevitably – many aspects of what is happening in the Nordic country have been

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Steve Rushton, “Another Money Is Possible: Holland Leads Experiments in Basic Income”

Progressive non-profit news organization Truthout publishes a feature on the local Dutch experiments in basic income. The piece, by Occupy.com contributor Steve Rushton, finds that “a revolution around money” is already getting underway in the Netherlands. The article features extensive comments by Sjir Hoeijmakers, an ambassador for the new Dutch “basisinkomen 2018” initiative which campaigns for the introduction of a

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Alain Lefebvre, “Basic income: How Finland Plans to Implement The First Nationwide Project in the EU.”

Finnish politics commentator and French basic income pioneer Alain Lefebvre writes an in-depth article detailing Finland’s plans for a national UBI. The central government in Helsinki has called on experts to put forward different implementation schemes that are consistent with the Finnish Constitution by March 2016, in order to make a final choice by November 2016 and then launch a

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Richard Murphy, “A basic income for everyone would solve Osborne’s tax credit problem”

Influential anti-poverty campaigner and tax expert Richard Murphy argues that UK Chancellor George Osborne’s growing tax credit tangle should be binned and replaced by basic income. Calling tax credits “a patch intended to cover the consequences” of low pay and spiraling costs of living, Murphy writes that the chancellor’s latest reform will introduce marginal tax rates of up to 93%,

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Saahil Parekh, “Let’s be done with subsidies already”

Indian economy expert Saahil Parekh writes a pro-UBI article in the Business Standard, India’s leading business daily, arguing that commodity subsidies should be scrapped and replaced by a nationwide basic income. Parekh shows that India can do this in a revenue-neutral and poverty-eliminating way and cites the curtailment of agricultural price distortions, crippling personal debt and corruption in public provision

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Paul Fontaine, “Pirates Submit Proposal For Universal Basic Income In Iceland”

Members of parliament from the Pirate Party have submitted a legislative proposal calling for the introduction of an unconditional income in Iceland, reports The Reykjavik Grapevine news site. The proposal is for the Ministry of Welfare to form a working group together with the Ministry of Finance and pave the way for a UBI that will “strengthen people’s economic and

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UNITED STATES: Successful launch for America’s first crowdfunded basic income project

A team of UBI supporters has successfully kicked off the first initiative to crowdfund basic income in the United States. The so-called My Basic Income project is already off to a strong start, having raised 3,403 dollars in the first three days alone. Once there is enough money in the pot, a randomly chosen participant will receive $1,250 a month

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