Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of the Labor and now a popular author and commentator, recently endorsed a basic income guarantee (BIG) in response to a question from the floor during a talk about San Francisco State University. His first answer to the question of whether he would support a basic income large enough to eliminate poverty was simple, “yeah.” He then went on to discuss how technology is replacing so many jobs that they are making some level of income guarantee “almost inevitable.”

Reich’s remarks on BIG can be seen at the 46-minute mark of this video: San Francisco State University. “Inequality for All: A Q & A with Robert ReichYouTube.
CORRECTION: In the original version of this article, Reich was misidentified as former Treasury Secretary. He is in fact the former Labor Secretary.

UPDATE: To see just the part of the talk in which Reich discusses BIG, go to:

Jack Saturday, “Robert Reich on Basic Income in the USA.Jack Saturday. Sunday, March 16, 2014.

About Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist has written 983 articles.

Karl Widerquist is a Professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University-Qatar. He specializes in distributive justice—the ethics of who has what. Much of his work involves Universal Basic Income (UBI). He is a co-founder of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG). He served as co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) for 7 years, and a member of the BIEN EC for 14 years. He was the Editor of the USBIG NewsFlash for 15 years and of the BIEN NewsFlash for 4 years. He is a cofounder of BIEN’s news website, Basic Income News. He is a cofounder of the journal "Basic Income Studies." Widerquist has published several books and many articles on UBI both in academic journals and in the popular media. He has appeared on or been quoted by many major media outlets, such as NPR’s On Point, NPR’s Marketplace, PRI’s the World, CNBC, Al-Jazeera, 538, Vice, Dissent, the New York Times, Forbes, the Financial Times, and the Atlantic Monthly, which called him “a leader of the worldwide basic income movement.” Most of Karl Widerquist's academic writing is available at his research website ( For more information about him, see his BIEN profile (