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Jack Smith IV, “Basic Income, the Most Radical Innovation in Minimum Wage, Has Silicon Valley to Thank.”

This article discusses how Basic Income is an increasingly popular policy among information technology professions who are creating technology and is replacing many conventional jobs. The article connects what is happening now to the history of the Basic Income movement over the last 100 years. The article includes extensive quotes from BIEN, co-chair, Karl Widerquist, and an audio of Robert Theobald talking about the benefits of a guaranteed income more than 50 years ago.

Jack Smith IV, “Basic Income, the Most Radical Innovation in Minimum Wage, Has Silicon Valley to Thank.” Tech.Mic section of, September 04, 2015

Jack Smith IV

Jack Smith IV


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One comment

  • DHFabian

    We’re stuck with reality. With or without the B.I.G., what should we do with the jobless poor and many of the unemployable? Even liberals of this generation have no interest in restoring the basic human rights of food and shelter to our very poor.

    As for the Reagan quote, could we be honest? It was the Clinton Democrats who ended actual welfare aid, and took the first steps to similarly “reform” Social Security, targeting the disabled.. Democrats have consistently supported policies that have worsened conditions for the poor, and this generation of middle class liberals have been flatly indifferent to the consequences. This indicates that we would get a quite corrupted version of the B.I.G.., at best.

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