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CLARK, Simon (2008): A basic income for Russia?

ABSTRACT: The idea of a basic or citizens’ income rests on the principle that everyone is entitled to the resources which make possible at least a minimum standard of subsistence. This principle is well-established in those countries, particularly in Europe, with a developed welfare state tradition, although its implementation, even in those countries, is surrounded by qualifications centered on the obligation of able-bodied citizens to work and the restriction of public assistance to those who can prove their need for support, which are monitored by an enormous inhuman and incompetent bureaucratic apparatus of inspection, regulation and control.

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L'HIRONDELLE, C.A., May 27, 2011: “Crapitalism: Definition and Cure”

The title clearly indicates the author’s feelings about an unregulated market economy. One of the cures L’Hirondelle proposes is a basic income. She writes, “A sudden ‘no money for anyone’ path would be highly disruptive and risky. In contrast, ‘money for all’ via a universal livable income implemented in each country in the world would at least create the possibility of a peaceful transition from a crapitalist to a livable economy.”

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LITTLE, Mat, May 2011, “Economic crisis and post-capitalism: Mat Little interviews the economist Harry Shutt about economic crisis and the left alternative.”

Red Pepper Describe by Little as “an economist who occupies the dissident edge of his profession” Shutt is the author of A New Democracy and The Decline of Capitalism. In this interview, Harry Shutt endorses basic income. Answering the question, “You think a citizens’ income is essential. Why?” Shutt replies, “Given the ever growing global surplus of labour noted above,

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STANDING, Guy, May 24, 2011, “The Precariat – The new dangerous class”

According to Guy Standing, the Precariat “consists of a multitude of insecure people, living bits-and-pieces lives, in and out of short-term jobs, without a narrative of occupational development.” There are many more people in this position in the industrialized world than there were 50 years ago. Standing argues, “The only way to provide sufficient economic security is to do so

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KOTHER, Harald, Mar. 22, 2011, “Basic Income: The Way out of a Sick Society”

IndyMedia.org This article discusses Erich Fromm’s arguments on the psychological benefit of a basic income. Harald Kother writes, “Without the social contract, we become wolves to one another. Without the social contract, the state becomes a trough for the super-rich. Basic income could enable everyone to participate in social, economic and political life. Without vision, the people perish.” It’s online

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SPECIAL ISSUE: “Perspectives on Cash Transfers”

Economic and Political Weekly Volume 46, No. 21, May 21 – May 27, 2011 This special issue contains the following articles on cash transfers: NARAYANAN, Sudha “A Case for Reframing the Cash Transfer Debate in India” YANES, Pablo, “Mexico’s Targeted and Conditional Transfers: Between Oportunidades and Rights VERAS SOARES, Fabio, “Brazil’s Bolsa Família: A Review” BASTAGLI, Francesca, “Conditional Cash Transfers

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MEDRED, Craig, Mar 20, 2011, “All hail Comrade Palin, Hero of the Proletariat!”

Alaska Dispatch This opinion piece revives the decades-old practice of “red-bating. It red-bates Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend and all of its supporters, including Sarah Palin as “socialist.” The author would prefer that the oil companies operating in Alaska not be changed any fee at all for removing the oil from Alaska. By implication, anyone who thinks oil corporations should pay

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