American author and activist Noam Chomsky was asked about his views on Basic Income Guarantee during an interview with acTVism Munich, an independent, non-profit and grassroots media outlet that broadcasts in multiple languages from Munich. Chomsky’s views were mixed. He claimed that Basic Income Guarantee comes from the right wing, but said that it doesn’t have to have to have a reactionary component. He said that every country ought to guarantee food, shelter, and clothing, and that BIG would be one way to do it. His main concern with BIG was that he did not think it went far enough.
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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 (Widerquist.com). For more information about him, see his BIEN profile (https://basicincome.org/news/2016/12/bien-profiles-karl-widerquist-co-chair/).