Category Archives: Opinion


This essay was originally published in the USBIG NewsFlash in September 2006.   I was struck by a report in the Associated Press reported on October 12th that a 63-year-old Ohio man intentionally had himself convicted of bank robbery. Timothy J. Bowers sought a three-year prison sentence to bridge the gap until he becomes eligible for full Social Security benefits.

» Read more

President Bush Questioned by Senator Suplicy (from 2005)

This essay was originally published in the USBIG NewsFlash in December 2005.   On November 6, at a conference on greater economic integration in the Americas in Brasilia, just after his 22 minutes conference in Brasilia, President Bush extended his hands Senator Suplicy, who asked: Senator SUPLICY: “With respect to the integration of the Americas we should have the purpose

» Read more

One-minute video answering the question, “Would it be possible to fund UBI in America?”

Of course, it is possible to fund UBI in America. Based on my calculations from a forthcoming article in Basic Income Studies, this one-minute video argues that a UBI large enough to eliminate poverty in the United States will cost 2.95% of the GDP per year–even if no other entitlement programs are replaced or reduced.    

» Read more

A very different take on the question, “Could UBI be a solution if automation eliminates jobs in the US?”

In this one-minute video, I argue that people look at automation and UBI in the wrong way. We must not wait until the predicted day when automation reduces the total number of jobs available. Automation creates two important reasons to introduce UBI right now even if automation is not going to reduce the total number of jobs available any time soon.

» Read more

Alaskan Dividend influence: Alberta, New Mexico, and beyond (from 2005)

This essay was originally published in the USBIG NewsFlash in October 2005.    Dividend checks from the Alaska Permanent Fund (APF) go out this month paying $845.76 (US), to every Alaska resident. (The APF is the only existing Basic Income in the world. It pays yearly dividends based on earnings from an investment fund created out of the state’s oil

» Read more
1 2 3 4 5 51