Author Archives: Craig Axford

Elliot Sperber, "The Alienable, the Inalienable, and an actually Democratic Society"

[Craig Axford] Presented on July 27, 2014, at the 15th International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network, this paper considers the tension within democratic societies between inalienable rights that can’t be sold and the sale of alienable commodities upon which the economies of modern capitalist societies depend. Elliot Sperber, “The Alienable, the Inalienable, and an actually Democratic Society”, Heathwood

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Mickael B. Hoelman and Sugeng Bahagijo, "Arguing for Indoenesian basic income"

[Craig Axford] Indonesia’s aged and disabled populations are among its most vulnerable.  A basic income guarantee covering the roughly 15% of Indonesia’s population that fall within these categories would significantly reduce inequality and improve quality of life. Mickael B. Hoelman and Sugeng Bahagijo, “Arguing for Indonesian basic income”, The Jakarta Post, July 22, 2014

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Paul Hiebert, "Universal Basic Income: Something We Can All Agree On?"

[Craig Axford] “The left can agree because basic income provides economic security for all Americans. The right can get behind it because it’s a form of economic security that doesn’t interfere with market forces as much as other forms of social security, such as raising the minimum wage.” Paul Hiebert, “Universal Basic Income: Something We Can All Agree on?”, Pacific

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Dylan Matthews, "Giving everyone a basic income would work for the same reasons Social Security does"

[Craig Axford] This post argues the wonderful thing about Social Security is that it targets a specific problem, senior poverty, and it gives seniors cash directly to fight it.  A basic income guarantee would, according to the author, function largely the same way. Dylan Matthews, “Giving everyone a basic income would work for the same reasons Social Security does”, Vox,

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UNITED STATES: Congressman Introduces a Climate Change Bill Involving a small Basic Income

Congressman Chris Van Hollen, (D) Maryland, recently introduced the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2014. If passed, this legislation would guarantee every American a small Basic Income using revenues from the sale of carbon permits.  According to Bloomberg Businessweek, these permits would be auctioned off to carbon emitting industries in the same manner the US government currently auctions

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