Category Archives: Popular Media Articles

Scott Santens, ‘Fit for work and fit to die’

Means testing reflects the conditionality of many social security systems around the world. The article lists some cases of recipients who ended up dead in part due to benefit withdrawal, concluding that this social ail can only be resolved with an unconditional basic income, removing conditionality from the system. Scott Santens, “Fit for work and fit to die“, Medium, December

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Adam Cowden, "Moving forward after Ferguson and Staten Island"

Latest events about the death of African-American men, after encounters with the police, have generated flamed discussions in the USA. However, extreme poverty seems to be the underground generator of situations like this. In response, the universal basic income is discussed as a ground-breaking solution to this pervasive social problem. Adam Cowden, “Moving forward after Ferguson and Staten Island“, Huffpost

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Diane Pagen, "Helping the poor must extend beyond the usual holiday turkey, coat drives: Opinion"

In the USA, institutions practice the traditional charity program of turkey and coats distributions on Thanksgiving. The author criticizes this practice as inefficient and ultimately not addressing root causes for poverty. Instead, direct income support and food stamps is suggested for alleviating poverty in the USA. Diane Pagen, “Helping the poor must extend beyond the usual holiday turkey, coat drives:

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