Author Archives: Craig Axford

Dylan Matthews, "Mexico tried giving poor people cash instead of food. It worked."

[Craig Axford] A study looking into Mexico’s Programa de Apoyo Alimentario food aid program finds that giving those in need food is more costly and no more effective than simply giving people direct financial aid and allowing them to buy food on their own.  In addition to using the money to buy food as intended, direct assistance reduces the cost

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Albert Wenger, "A Basic Income Experiment I Would Like To See (Detroit)"

[Craig Axford] The author of this blog suggests the City of Detroit should select around 1,000 individuals living within the same area, offer them $400 a month without any strings attached, improve basic services such as internet access, and then see what happens to their community. Albert Wenger, “A Basic Income Experiment I would Like To See (Detroit)”, Continuations, June

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33rd Square, "Is This The End of Careers As We Know Them?"

[Craig Axford] According to this blog post more and more people are arguing that what really matters is a capacity for social innovation. Due to a combination of automation and wealth concentration, increasing calls for new approaches such as a basic income guarantee are becoming commonplace. 33rd Square, “Is This The End of Careers As We Know Them?”, June 25,

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Jon Evans, "Welcome to Extremistan! Please Check Your Career At The Door."

[Craig Axford] Technology is increasingly replacing more jobs than it is creating.  This trend favors extreme jobs that a few superstars get paid extremely well to do, leaving everyone else either unemployed or underemployed. Jon Evans concludes that a basic income guarantee is the only kind of strong social safety net that can catch everyone and enable people to do

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Jessica Flanigan, "Is Living on the Dole Bad For You?"

[Craig Axford] Jessica Flanigan challenges some fundamental objections to a basic income guarantee found within Brink Lindsey’s book Human Capitalism.  Brink Lindsey responds in a second post that followed on June 27, 2014.  Links to both the initial challenge and the followup response are provided below. Jessica Flanigan, “Is Living on the Dole Bad For You?”, Bleeding Heart Libertarians, June

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Benjamin Shingler, "Are Canadians worth $20K a year, guaranteed?"

[Craig Axford] The Basic Income Earth Network’s 15th annual conference in Montreal raises the profile of the basic income guarantee in Canada.  A CTV News report on discussions at the BIEN conference points out that press coverage for BIG has been steadily increasing across North America recently. In addition, there has been recent positive movement on the issue within two

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Baldur Friggjar Odinsson, "A nation breaks the shackles of a fiat currency"

[Craig Axford] Using the Bitcoin protocol as a model, citizens of Iceland are being offered Aurocoin as an alternative to the Krona.  Citing a steady decline in the Krona’s value and the collapse of 2008 as the reasoning behind this alternative, each Icelander became entitled to access their share of the new “cryptocurrency” in March of 2014. Baldur Friggjar Odinsson,

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