Author Archives: Andre Coelho

FRANCE: Renowed basic income supporter Bernard Maris among Charlie Hebdo victims

Bernard Maris was killed at Charlie Hebdo, earlier on 7th January this year. Besides a recognized author of several books on economics and social affairs and regular presence on French television and radio, Bernard was a defender of the basic income, having published recently over it on Charlie Hebdo (on December 2013, with the title “Why is the basic income

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Scott Santens, ‘Fit for work and fit to die’

Means testing reflects the conditionality of many social security systems around the world. The article lists some cases of recipients who ended up dead in part due to benefit withdrawal, concluding that this social ail can only be resolved with an unconditional basic income, removing conditionality from the system. Scott Santens, “Fit for work and fit to die“, Medium, December

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Jordi Arcarons, Antoni Domènech, Daniel Raventós, Lluís Torrens, “Un modelo de financiación de la Renta Básica para el conjunto del Reino de España: sí, se puede y es racional [A basic income finance model for all Spanish Kingdom: yes, it can be done and is rational]“

Results from this recently published article show that basic income within all Spanish territory can be financed at approximately 7500 € per year for each adult person and 20% of that value for each child. The authors state none of the basic state functions (e.g.: education, health) need cuts in order to finance basic income, with reforms in taxation and

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Roberto Merrill, "Pré-distribuição [Pre-distribution]"

The author distinguishes “weak” and “strong” (economic) pre-distribution. The former amounts fairly to what already exists in some countries (welfare state); the latter consists in the unconditional basic income (UBI). The article defends that it is the “strong” pre-distribution which may more drastically promote social equality, justice and freedom. Language: Portuguese Roberto Merrill, “Pré-distribuição [Pre-distribution]“, Económico (online), September 19 2014

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Adam Cowden, "Moving forward after Ferguson and Staten Island"

Latest events about the death of African-American men, after encounters with the police, have generated flamed discussions in the USA. However, extreme poverty seems to be the underground generator of situations like this. In response, the universal basic income is discussed as a ground-breaking solution to this pervasive social problem. Adam Cowden, “Moving forward after Ferguson and Staten Island“, Huffpost

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Robin McGhee, "Opinion: Universal Basic Income is the way forward for the Liberal Democrats"

In Britain, it is argued, the present welfare system does not work. To eradicate poverty, emancipate workers and raise working standards, the UBI is defended. To finance it, according to the Citizen’s Income Trust, only 2% over the cost of the welfare system for 2012-2013 would be needed. Robin McGhee, “Opinion: Universal Basic Income is the way forward for the

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Diane Pagen, "Helping the poor must extend beyond the usual holiday turkey, coat drives: Opinion"

In the USA, institutions practice the traditional charity program of turkey and coats distributions on Thanksgiving. The author criticizes this practice as inefficient and ultimately not addressing root causes for poverty. Instead, direct income support and food stamps is suggested for alleviating poverty in the USA. Diane Pagen, “Helping the poor must extend beyond the usual holiday turkey, coat drives:

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Carlos Fresneda, "¿Una renta básica europea? [An european basic income?]"

The Spanish newspaper El Mundo, in its online version, reports on the first summit of the Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE), which took place in Athens on the past 28th of September. In this event, several top economists and activists which defend the unconditional basic income have participated, such as Stanislas Jourdan, Guy Standing and Lluís Torrens. Carlos Fresneda, “¿Una

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John Muellbauer, "Quantitative easing for the people"

Oxford Economics professor John Muellbauer elaborates a rational justification and a simple application plan for giving each EU citizen a 500 €, no strings attached, monthly payment. The money would be printed in the European Central Bank and simply given to registered citizens in the eurozone. John Muellbauer, “Quantitative easing for the people“, Project Syndicate, November 7 2014

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