Author Archives: Andre Coelho

BITNATION: Basic income application set for BitNation

BitNation is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), offering governance services of several kinds, such as law related bureaucracies, insurance and social services (education). It is based on a programming element called Blockchain, requires no human involvement and obeys to a set of incorruptible interaction rules. Every code line is open-source and even the rules are publicly auditable. Bitnation 2.0 aims

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Mark Crawford, “I want a zero hours contract with a basic income”

  British Labour Party has of late been supporting the idea of empowering workers on zero hour contracts to establish contracted hours and give them more secure income flow. In this article, Mark Crawford argues that this apparent leftward policy is really a guised right wing one, where later on these workers will be persecuted in order to take up

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Kristin Eberhard, “What if polluters paid and you got the money?”

Kristin Eberhard describes two promising bills from the Oregon legislature which, if implemented, would simultaneously cut carbon pollution and pay a basic income to every Oregon citizen. A Trust Fund would be created to fund this basic income, as long as there exists a need to pay for pollution, which is expected to last at least until 2050.   Kristin

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UNITED STATES: Most recent Progressive Change Campaign Committee pool results get discussed by basic income advocates and critics

  The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has released the results of its latest poll on voters’ response to a set of progressive proposals. It is fully available online, and amongst 52 proposals, the minimum guaranteed income (basic income, or BI) scored around middle table, with 59% of responses in favour and 27% in opposition with around 10% neutral. This result

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NETHERLANDS: Basic Income activists initiates crowd funding process to finance his own Basic Income

A 24 year old econometrician from the Netherlands, named Sjir Hoeijmakers, is also a leading basic income activist. He has already written a motion defending basic income implementation and delivered it in Congress, and also an article about basic income which got published in Times. Has been speaking and lecturing around the Netherlands, and is involved in preparation efforts for

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Dani Rodrik, “From welfare state to innovation state”

  Dani Rodrik reminds us, in this article, that robots and machines doing the work need not lead to high unemployment, especially if working hours were reduced. Technological advancements do have the potential to generate social challenges, since the labor market in deeply affected. However, traditionally privately owned technologies could also be public owned, and hence these profits from public

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Scott Santens, “Guess what happened when Liberia tested a pilot program of cash transfers to the extreme poor in Bomi”

  Scott Santens reports on a recently completed basic income pilot in Liberia. Results closely follow other cash transfer programs, as money expenditure goes mainly to food, followed by school, housing, health, savings and clothing. Still according to the referred pilot study, one third of the recipients started businesses of their own, and the sharing of money and food grew.

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Paul Buchheit, “The corporate debt to society: 10 000 $USD per household, per year”

  In this article, the author calls for a wider version of the Alaska Permanent Fund, one that could be applied to the United States as a whole. This form of Basic Income, the author argues, could come from corporate profit, since, all things considered, corporations owe the vast majority of their wealth to public funds. Being so, it is

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