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KOREA: Basic Income Tour Kicks off on July 6, 2015

The Basic Income Youth Network and Green Party in Korea will start “Basic Income Nationwide Tour” on July 6th. Tour continues for 2 weeks, departing from Jeju Island and visiting Jeolla-do, Gyeongsang-do, Chungcheong-do regions of Korea. This tour is aiming to introduce basic income to people all over the country and collect various opinions about basic income from different people of ages and regions.

In March, the Korean Green Party adopted basic income in their party platform. And in June the city of Seoungnam-si announced that it is considering optional basic income, ‘youth income’, as a new policy. Under these circumstances, the tour will help develop a Korean form of basic income and could be the cue for nationwide networking about basic income.

The tour contains various programs such as street campaigns, basic income movie screenings, conferences, open lectures, interviews and so on. Results will be published on the official blog and Internet media Pressian.

For more information see the following websites.
Basic Income Youth Network:
BIYN official blog:
Announcement from Green Party webpage:

About Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist has written 949 articles.

Karl Widerquist is an Associate Professor of political philosophy at SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University, specializing 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 now serves as vice-chair. 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, the main source of just-the-facts reporting on UBI worldwide. He is a cofounder and editor of the journal Basic Income Studies, the only academic journal devoted to research on UBI. 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.” Widerquist holds two doctorates—one in Political Theory form Oxford University (2006) and one in Economics from the City University of New York (1996). He has published seven books, including Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press 2017, coauthored by Grant S. McCall) and Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He has published more than a twenty scholarly articles and book chapters. Most Karl Widerquist’s writing is available on his “Selected Works” website ( More information about him is available on his BIEN profile and on Wikipedia. He writes the blog "the Indepentarian" for Basic Income News.

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