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Video: Interview with Karl Widerquist on the Alaska Permanent Fund

Karl Widerquist holds a Ph.D. in Political Theory and another one in Economics. He teaches in Qatar as Associate Professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Furthermore he is co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network and a member of the coordinating committee of the USBIG Network. One of his topics is Basic Income and he is very interested in the Alaska Permanent Fund. Recently he finished a book together with Michael Howard on this issue. It is going to be published in 2012.

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ALASKA: 2011 Dividends safe as the APF rides financial roller coaster

The Alaska Permanent Fund (APF) ended its fiscal year on June 30, 2011 with a total value of over $40 billion. The APF is the Sovereign Wealth fund that finances Alaska’s partial basic income, known as the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD). The fund made back all its loses since the 2008 financial meltdown and realized a gain of more than

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Review: Two Memoirs Tell the History of the Alaska Dividend

Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend is closer to a Basic Income than almost any other policy in the world today. The lessons of how it was created and how it became so popular and successful are extremely important to the Basic Income movement. Two autobiographies available now tell different parts of the story of the Alaska Dividend. One is by Jay

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UNITED STATES: TAX-AND-DIVIDEND APPROACH TO GLOBAL WARMING GAINS GROUND

The tax-and-dividend approach to global warming (which sets a price on carbon emissions, charges producers for those emissions, and redistributes the proceeds as a basic income), has been gaining ground since its endorsement by a conference on pricing carbon held at Wesleyan University (Connecticut) on November 20, 2010. Peter Barnes, who has led the push for tax and dividend for

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OPINION: FEDERAL INCOME SUPPLEMENT: FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE FOR ALL

INTRODCUTION Over the decades economists have suggested many forms of minimum income, most recently the Basic Income Guarantee or BIG which is an unconditional regular payment from the government to everyone. The objective of this paper is demonstrate the financial feasibility of a specific $12,000 per year per person U.S. federal government program financed entirely by cutting only existing federal

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OPINION: Why Jay Hammond favored a larger dividend, higher taxes, and smaller government

It might be an exaggeration to say that former Alaksa Governor Jay Hammond, the person responsible more than any other for the Permanent Fund Dividend, was a republican thinker in the tradition of Rousseau or Jefferson. I certainly don’t know enough about his history to make this claim. But his reflections on the Alaska Permanent Fund (APF) and the Permanent

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