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SPAIN [Basque Country]: Political party Elkarrekin Podemos defends basic income in upcoming elections

Next Sunday, the 25th of September, will be election day in the Basque Country (regional elections). Because of this, political parties have been frantically campaigning over the last few days—including, especially, the Elkarrekin Podemos, which holds basic income in its political program. Party leaders like Maria Pilar Artano and Julen Bollain Urbieta take the basic income proposal very seriously, and

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Dissertation on Basic Income as a Means to Promote Mental Health

Sergi Raventós (Autonomous University of Barcelona) recently completed a doctoral thesis on the topic of basic income and mental health. In the dissertation, Raventós — who also works in a mental health foundation in Barcelona and is a member of the board of the Red Renta Básica — examines empirical evidence concerning the effects of direct cash payments (in India, Namibia, North

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Daniel Raventós and Julie Wark, “We Can’t Afford These Billionaires”

This article scathingly critiques the World Economic Forum’s apparent concern for global inequality, claiming that the elites present at the forum are more concerned with ensuring their own well-being and accepting global inequality as a consequence.  These elites hide from society’s view but play major role in politics and in exacerbating inequality.  The authors believe a universal basic income could

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José Luis Rey Pérez, “La renta básica ante las elecciones del 20D, ¿una oportunidad perdida?” [“The basic income before the December 20 elections: a missed opportunity”]

According to José Pérez, the Spanish political arena has just lost an important opportunity to ramp up the basic income concept deeply into local and national politics. What has been an idea of continuous growth since 2011 (mainly through social movements like 15M), has stalled for the moment as political parties prefer defending conditional grants instead. This is also fomented

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Iñaki Uribarri, “No es una buena idea extender el sistema de rentas mínimas condicionadas de Euskadi al conjunto del Reino de España” [“It is not a good idea to extend Basque Country conditional grant scheme to the whole Spanish territory”]

This article first describes, in detail, 26 years of the conditional minimum income grant scheme in Comunidad Autónoma Vasca (Basque region in Spain). It concludes that such scheme is a failure and so must not be reproduced  through all Spanish territory. To radically change social policy would necessarily mean complete disconnection between work and income, and as such the implementation

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Julio Aguirre, “Más allá del asistencialismo: El ingresso ciudadano universal y las condiciones materiales para la libertad” [“Beyond welfarism: Basic Income and the material conditions for freedom”]

  Julio Aguirre discusses the basic premises for conditional grants to alleviate poverty (conventional welfarism), very popular in Spain in the past few years, which contrasts with the more progressive and integrating basic income. According to Julio, basic income, being unconditional and universal, will generate the necessary material conditions to provide for real liberty in people’s lives.   In Spanish:

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Daniel Raventós, The material conditions of freedom

The material conditions of freedom is an updated version of an earlier book (published in 1999) called El derecho a la existencia (The right to existence). This is a comprehensive volume about Basic Income (BI), dealing in a detailed fashion its definition(s), related theory, discussions about work, welfare, BI financing and typical criticisms of BI. Although dated from 2007, the

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Jordi Arcarons, Daniel Raventós, Lluís Torrens, “El “trabajo garantizado” de Izquierda Unida y el “plan de garantía de rendas” de Podemos contra la pobreza: unas propuestas muy pobres” [“”Guaranteed jobs” from Izquierda Unida and “Plan of income guarantee” from Podemos, against poverty: two very weak proposals”]

Daniel Raventós, Jordi Arcarons and Lluís Torrens make the case for basic income, which they justify as more rational, more efficient and socially desirable than guaranteed jobs (from Izquerda Unida) and the plan of income guarantee (from Podemos). This is put forward in a recently published article on the Sin Permisso magazine.   Jordi Arcarons, Daniel Raventós, Lluís Torrens, “El

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