Author Archives: Barrett Young

CANADA: Saskatchewan’s New Democrats, Canadian Medical Association, and Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction Endorse Guaranteed Income Pilot Project

Saskatchewan’s New Democrats have endorsed a guaranteed basic income pilot project and are currently lobbying the provincial government to begin a limited distribution of a guaranteed income. The New Democrats are willing to accept either an unconditional basic income or a negative income tax. The endorsement and the subsequent effort to implement a guaranteed income came on the heels of

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Kevin Boyd, “A negative income tax beats both the minimum wage and welfare”

Kevin Boyd, an associate policy analyst at the R Street Institute, authored a post directly comparing the negative income tax, a variation of the basic income guarantee, to traditional welfare and the minimum wage. Boyd contends that a negative income tax would avoid the potential for job loss and price hikes caused by the minimum wage while avoiding the pitfalls

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Mytheos Holt, “Why doesn’t the left push a universal basic income?”

Mytheos Holt, who is now a senior fellow at the Institute for Liberty and a contributor for the The Federalist and The Libertarian Republic, contributed a post for the R Street Institute’s blog chastising the American Left for not advocating for a universal basic income. Holt argues that, unlike a minimum wage, a universal basic income would pose no direct

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UNITED STATES: U.S. Department of Arts and Culture Sponsors Basic Income Grant

U.S. Department of Arts and Culture’s report, “An Act of Collective Imagination: The USDAC’s First Two Years of Action Research” recommends a universal basic income grant (BIG). The USDAC report highlights how artists under present policies have to acquire grant money for each individual project. Such a grant would be especially useful for artists to focus on their creative passions,

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Matt Zwolinski, “Freedom: Benefits of the Basic Income Guarantee”

This video outlines the benefits of a basic income guarantee from a libertarian perspective. The video argues for, more specifically, a guaranteed minimum income. The video explains that a basic income guarantee would be less paternalistic, less bureaucratic, and fairer than the current welfare state. Three arguments are put forth to support the benefits of a basic income. Zwolinski argues

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Anton Fernandez de Rota, “About technology, basic income and the extinction of work [De la tecnología, la Renta Básica y la extinción del trabajo]”

This article critically assesses both sides in the debate about the advance of technology’s impact on the future of employment. Social media is a great example of how new technology has actually created more jobs in the process of technological advancement, but other data predicts that 45% of jobs could disappear. Regardless of the impact technology will have, Rota believes

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Claudia and Dirk Haarmann, “Relief through cash: Impact assessment of the emergency cash grant in Namibia”

This report examines the impact of an emergency cash grant distributed by churches in Namibia modeled on the Basic Income Grant Pilot in Otjivero. During the 2012/2013 summer months, the precipitation deficits varied between 20% and 90%, which resulted in one of the worst recorded droughts in Namibia that left 36% of the population food insecure. The cash grant’s impact

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FINLAND: Basic Income Considered to Reform Welfare System

The Finnish Government is interested in the basic income. Prime Minister Juha Sipila has expressed support for the idea, saying, “For me, a basic income means simplifying the social security system.” 4 out of 5 Finns currently support the basic income, but some policy experts have expressed hesitation to endorse the policy. Ohto Kanninen, from Tank Research Centre, said, “What

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ASIA: International Congress on Basic Income Optimistic About Future of Basic Income in Asia

  On June 19 and 20, basic income activists from around the world met in Seoul to discuss the prospects of future basic income programs and the results from recent experiments. In South Korea, an unconditional basic income is only embraced by members of academia, Green Party Chairman Kim Jho Kwang-soo, and the mayor of Seongnam, Jae-myung Lee, but public

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