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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Marshall Brain, “Why and How Should We Build a Basic Income for Every Citizen?”

[Josh Martin] Brain wrote this post partially due to his participation in an “Ask Me Anything” thread on Reddit for Basic Income Week, and in it he conducts a thought experiment on what sort of society we wish to live in.  He then takes this thought experiment and applies it to the current situation in the USA, including a debate

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Bernard Marszalek, “Why Labor Day Needs Retooling.”

SUMMARY: This article connects its arguments about labor with basic income, concluding, “[I]f the ultimate goal is liberation from poverty, that will only occur when we abandon the delusional quest for full employment for a system where income is separated from work.” Bernard Marszalek, editor of The Right to be Lazy (AK PRESS), can be reached at info@righttobelazy.com . He

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