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Chris Weller, “This guy gets a $1,100 per month ‘basic income’ for doing absolutely nothing”

Frans Kerver. Credit to: Tech Insider.

Frans Kerver. Credit to: Tech Insider.

This article describes the recent experience of Frans Kerver, a Dutch man who in July 2015 began receiving an unconditional basic income (UBI) from MIES, an organization that promotes basic income in the Netherlands.   According to the article, Kerver was working 12 hours a day before he was selected for the 12-month grant of $1,100 each month. The article has a misleading title, however, as Kerver has continued to work “about 50 hours” each week on copywriting as well as community work. The article goes some way towards showing that a UBI does not necessarily generate laziness, but actually promotes better work environments and enhances satisfaction. The author goes on to list some of the most important initiatives on basic income worldwide, framing the MIES initiative within a wider global movement.


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Chris Weller, “This guy gets a $1,100 per month ‘basic income’ for doing absolutely nothing“, Tech Insider, 29th March 2016

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