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Roderick Benns, “ Ottawa man says a basic income guarantee would have changed the trajectory of his life”


John Dunn

John Dunn

AUTHOR’S ABSTRACT: From the time he was a toddler, John Dunn was bounced around 13 times from one Ontario foster home to the next until he turned 18. He was originally taken into care due to complications from his mother’s severe — and often suicidal — bi-polar disorder and alcoholism, and was separated from his three siblings in the process.


Roderick Benns, “Ottawa man says a basic income guarantee would have changed the trajectory of his lifeLeaders and Legacies. June 26, 2015.


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One comment

  • I’ve lost track of how often I’ve heard of some woman branded as “bi-polar” and “alcoholic” where there is no mention of the woman’s financial situation.

    Imagine the desperation that might drive a person over the shaky edge that separates those who are barely getting-by from those who are finally defeated by the hopelessness of endless poverty.

    Every person needs a personal basic income. Otherwise she and he are no better than slaves.

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