An article in The Economist, entitled “Basically Flawed”, argues that UBI is a radical policy that is just too risky to pursue. However, this article understates the potential benefits of UBI–or, perhaps, its moral necessity.
Oxford Fellow Max Harris presents an argument that a universal basic income could contribute to loneliness. But neither the argument as stated, nor its strongest form, give us good reason to reject a UBI.
By Karl Widerquist, co-chair BIEN, and Louise Haagh, co-chair BIEN BIEN has made great strides in the last few years. Two years ago, our main goals were to charter BIEN as a legally recognized non-profit organization, to organize the 2016 Congress in Seoul Korea, and to expand Basic Income News. We succeeded in all three. The Seoul Congress will be
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
Marshall Brain is a science writer (both fiction and non-), futurist, founder of the website How Stuff Works, and a long-time advocate of basic income. His book, Manna: Two Visions of Humanity’s Future, makes a case for basic income—and for a post-work society altogether—through the vehicle of science fiction.
[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
I write a lot about the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG)—about its labor-market effects, its use as cushion against instability, and so. In this essay I want to explain in simple terms why I believe it is so worth talking about.
[This article was originally published as part of ‘the Basic Income Guarantee Blog on USBIG.net. I reprint it here exactly as it was published then.] In a period of about eight months, I managed to save and invest enough money to get myself a small personal basic income. It was easy—if you get the kind of lucky breaks I got.