Ian Schlakman -Maryland Green Party

Ian Schlakman -Maryland Green Party

Ian Schlakman, Green Party candidate for Congress in Maryland’s Second Congressional District, has made the Basic Income Guarantee a major issue in his campaign. The Green Party has included Basic Income on its platform since 2004, but most candidates have not made it such a central issue as Schlakman has.

He uses the term Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) and describes it as “Social Security for all,” arguing that the young need as much security for the old and that we need to “Think BIG.” He also supports internet freedom, a $15-per-hour minimum wage, and universal health care.

Schlakman discusses BIG:

More information about his candidacy is available:

Ian Schlakman

Ian Schlakman

About Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist has written 997 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 (Widerquist.com). For more information about him, see his BIEN profile (https://basicincome.org/news/2016/12/bien-profiles-karl-widerquist-co-chair/).