Category Archives: From the web

Basic Income: Tradeoffs and Bottom Lines

This paper represents a massive undertaking by both University of Melbourne Australia faculty and an independent agency called the the Brotherhood of St. Laurence dedicated to social Justice.  It looks at a collection of BI pilot projects, as well as other projects which can be considered close approximations of a BI, from around the world.  Government projects which have been

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Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes and Labor Expert Natalie Foster on Basic Income

In a recent live interview, televised online and hosted by KCET’s Town Hall, Chris Hughes and Natalie Foster answered questions from viewers about Universal Basic Income. Chris Hughes is the co-founder of Facebook, and Natalie Foster is an expert on technology and work at the Aspen Institute.   When asked who would be eligible for UBI, Natalie Foster explained that

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FEPS Young Academics Network: “Beyond Basic Income: Overcoming the Crisis of Social Democracy?”

“We conclude that the policy cannot be suggested as a solution to the crises of work and social reproduction, at least not without being complemented by a range of other measures. A suite of reforms could strengthen its impact and ensure it is used to nurture and preserve positive social relations that reflect social democratic ideas.”

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Space funding for Universal Basic Income

Futurism, August 6, 2017 Could we use space to pay for a Universal Basic Income? Tom Ward addresses this question in a Futurism article. The article discusses the idea of using space to fund a Basic Income; the money being generated from future space tourism and mining. The argument—akin to that of a citizen’s dividend—is that space belongs to us

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Louise Haagh: “Basic Income as a pivoting reform”

Louise Haagh   Louise Haagh, an associate professor at the University of York and chair of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), argues in the June Nature that the reform is making inroads internationally today. Nature is one of the world’s top academic journals, claiming an online readership of about 3 million unique readers per month. At the same time,

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Scott Santens: “Is the solution to extreme wealth inequality really – Alaska?”

Scott Santens. Credit to: Singularity Bros.   Scott Santens, writer and long time UBI advocate, speaking at the Davos World Economic Forum 2017, views the Alaska Permanent Fund as a foundational aspect for the funding for a Universal Basic Income – a UBI.  Santens, and a growing number of people all over this planet are coming to the conclusion that something

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KARL WIDERQUIST: About Universal Basic Income and Freedom

Covering the philosophy of freedom, an explanation of universal basic income and the economics behind it, Karl Widerquist, vice-chair (at the time of the interview he still was co-chair) of Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), was interviewed by Sam Barton from Talk of Today in Australia. During the interview, Widerquist talks about what it means to be a fully free

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