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Swiss Basic Income: Too Expensive?

Author: Robin Ketelaars The Swiss referendum for an unconditional basic income ended on June 5 with 23 percent voting yes. The organizers had expected 20%, so in many ways this was still a positive outcome. With a turnout of only 47 percent, the result demonstrates that 53 percent of the population are indifferent about the basic income. Opponents managed to

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Help make history: Create the largest basic income pilot yet

Dear friends, The basic income movement is picking up momentum at an enormous rate, but even with past and present trials, many are still looking for further evidence of what would happen if a guaranteed income were provided over the long-term. So we’re planning to run what will likely be the largest long-term pilot of a basic income ever, and

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Invitation to join the leadership of BIEN

Karl Widerquist, Co-Chair BIEN <Karl@Widerquist.com> Louise Haagh, Co-Chair, BIEN <louise.haagh@york.ac.uk> As co-chairs of BIEN, we would like to invite members and prospective members of BIEN, to join the leadership of BIEN. Getting involved is easy. There are two ways to go it: Run for an elected position at BIEN’s next General Assembly at the 2016 BIEN Congress in Seoul (July

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What should the level of basic income be in 24 European & OECD countries?

The level of Basic Income (BI) is a matter of heated debate in discussions of BI for national implementation, investigating the level at which BI would be ‘high enough’. There is also growing dispute regarding ‘partial’ vs. ’full’ BI. This was the central topic of investigation at this year’s BI conference in Maastricht in January. The following calculations, using a

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BOOK: Malcolm Torry, The Feasibility of Citizen’s Income

Dr. Malcolm Torry, Director of the UK’s Citizen’s Income Trust, has written a new book on basic income, The Feasibility of Citizen’s Income, published by Palgrave Macmillan as part of the Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee series. (Note for readers who are not familiar with Torry’s preferred terminology: Torry defines a ‘Citizen’s Income’ as “an unconditional, non-withdrawable income paid automatically

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GERMANY: The Topic of Basic Income will Determine Elections by 2021

Original article published in SPREEZEITUNG, January 11th, 2016, written by Ursula Pidun. Translation by Jessica Rafka. Discussions about an unconditional basic income have been around for a while. But this topic is not picking up steam. What are the reasons for this, and why are unions and political parties still very much against a basic income? We will be discussing

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BIEN Needs to Have Yearly Congresses

Karl Widerquist, co-chair Louise Haagh, co-chair We, the two co-chairs of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), have made the following proposal to BIEN’s 2016 General Assembly: “Starting as soon as possible, BIEN will have yearly Congresses whenever affiliate networks are available to host them.”[*] BIEN has held Congresses once every two years since its inception in 1986. The Congress

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