Author Archives: Craig Axford

Arthur de Grave, "The Sharing Economy: Capitalism's Last Stand?"

[Craig Axford] SUMMARY: In spite of significant productivity gains in recent decades, wages have have remained largely stagnant.  These gains have also translated into fewer workers to produce as much or more than they used to.  Among the solutions the author asks us to consider as part of a more collaborative “sharing economy” is a universal basic income. Arthur de

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Lynn Stuart Parramore: "5 Reasons to Consider a No-Strings Attached, Basic Income for All Americans"

[Craig Axford] SUMMARY: From fighting poverty to simple human dignity, this post outlines some reasons Americans should start giving a basic income guarantee some renewed consideration. Lynn Stuart Parramore, “5 Reasons to Consider a No-Strings Attached, Basic Income for All Americans”, AlterNet, March 17, 2014 This article has also been posted by Nation of Change, as “5 Reasons to Consider

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Toru Yamamori, "Missing Women: The Forgotten Struggles of Single Mothers for Basic Income"

[Craig Axford] SUMMARY: In this paper Professor Toru Yamamori of Doshisha University explores the struggles and contributions of single mothers in the United Kingdom’s basic income movement.  This paper was first presented at the Seoul Basic Income International Conference 2010. Toru Yamamori, “Missing Women: The Forgotten Struggles of Single Mothers for Basic Income”,  Academia.edu, January 27-28 2010

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Matthew Timms, "Will unconditional basic income solve Europe's problems?"

[Craig Axford] SUMMARY: This article contends that technological and economic changes have prevented Europe from solving its unemployment crisis.  The continent has a glut of highly skilled and educated workers, but few places to put them.  According to the author, an unconditional basic income would enable Europe to utilize its largely untapped human potential in ways it currently cannot, and

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Ryan Calhoun, "The Universal Basic Income: Another Tool for Disciplining the Poor"

[Craig Axford] SUMMARY: This article states that a universal income would diminish rather than expand individual autonomy.  The author argues for “focusing on the liberation of mutual aid” and returning to the development of lodges, fraternities and other civic organizations to escape careerism. Ryan Calhoun, “The Universal Basic Income: Another Tool for Disciplining the Poor”, Epoch Times, March 23, 2014

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Raphael Gray, "Learning to Live With Machines"

[Craig Axford] SUMMARY: With technology increasingly taking the place of unskilled workers in particular, this article argues a basic income guarantee offers a way to provide a universal safety net that will enable us to adjust to the changing relationship between capital and work.  The Swiss, the author claims, may be the first country to demonstrate adopting a BIG may

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Video: "Unconditional basic income 'will be liberating for everyone'"

[Craig Axford] SUMMARY: In this brief interview Barbara Jacobson, one of the organizers of the European Citizens’ Initiative, explains why a basic income guarantee is good for society as a whole, not just for those struggling to survive on a low income. World Finance, “Unconditional basic income ‘will be liberating for everyone’”, Youtube, March 24, 2014.

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