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The Independentarian

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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Basic Income News Expands with the UBI Movement

Unconditional Basic Income is a movement. Five or ten years ago the idea was little discussed outside of a few limited—mostly academic—circles. Now activists are campaigning for it all over the world. The mainstream media is writing about it. It is becoming a part of the political debate. When I agreed to write the USBIG NewsFlash in 1999, Basic Income

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Allan Sheahen, the steeplechase runner of the BIG movement, has died

[Karl Widerquist] Allan “Al” Sheahen was an author, an athlete, a disc jockey, a promoter, a publisher, and a long-time campaigner for the basic income guarantee (BIG). He died at his home in Sherman Oaks, California on October 29, 2013 after battling myelofibrosis (a slow-moving bone-marrow disease) for over ten years. Sheahen is known in the movement for BIG as

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