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Basic Income NYC, “what would you do?”

This video was filmed by Basic Income NYC (the Universal Basic Income movement in the Greater New York City Area) on Basic Income Week. It asks passers-by what they would do with $1000 a month every month for the rest of their lives, and it receives some interesting responses.


Basic Income NYC, “What would you do?, September 15, 2015.

About Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist has written 976 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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One comment

  • David Boese

    I had a blog for about 8 years an one of my basic ideas was a liveable basic income. My blog was “Apathy Begone/ Activating Minds and Voices.” My blog was hacked and taken off the internet and I believe it was because of my advocacy for monetary reform and this idea of a liveable income for everyone over the age of 18.

    I know that I’m not the first to advocate for this but I had a new wrinkle in my model which I called “The Fail-Safe Economy.” I had a two tier money creation aspect that would eliminate poverty and keep inflation at zero or at a minimum. No more bubbles, booms or busts!

    If you’re interested on learning more, namely the logistics I would be more than happy to provide you with more details.

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