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Francine Mestrum, “Why Basic Income Can Never Be A Progressive Solution”

Mestrum’s article critiques basic income from the left, accepting that poverty needs to be abolished through a minimum guaranteed income for poor people, but asking why basic income should be given to all citizens instead of a benefit closer to a negative income tax that would only benefit those who need it.  Further, she believes the gross cost of a basic income scheme will hurt funding for other social security programs that will still be necessary with a basic income.

Francine Mestrum, “Why Basic Income Can Never Be A Progressive Solution“, Social Europe, 14 April 2016.


About Josh Martin

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Josh Martin is a recent graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science where he received an MSc in Social Policy and Planning and wrote his dissertation on the universal basic income as a possible solution to the problems facing Universal Credit in the UK. Prior to LSE, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and is originally from Decorah, Iowa.

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  • Matthew Kukowski

    Automation will always displace profits. The birth rate for babies is far too low. 77 million seniors and very few babies born.

    Foreclosures on houses with Nation star is something very few are talking about. Bloomberg has the terminals and EBT has the systems and the Social Security numbers are your database for whom gets a card mailed to them.

    We have this notion that babies must work a minimum wage with mom at day care in order to survive. Just look at Hollywood movies… they are all about The Purge, Civil War and super man batman crap.

    Automated cars will NEVER happen under 18 trillion Federal Reserve Debt. We will NEVER see the end of terrorism without a Universal Income. We will never see the nuclear family and birth rates rise to match 77 million seniors. We will never see San Jose riots end..

    We are LUCKY so far America doesn’t end up like Europe with riots all over the place.

    EBT + SSN + Bloomberg Terminals = Universal Income

    New York rent does not match that of the rest of the country, so price it separate from the rest of the country. I do not think that anyone will really care how much they get, just that they get something.

    We are LUCKY we have computers to compute all this… in the 1960’s riots they did not have computers.

  • Bharat

    Not everyone can get it. Negative income tax is used for child benefits payment in Canada. Same would be used for adult benefits payment or basic income if it were to be implemented

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