Author Archives: Craig Axford

Blogistan Polytechnic Institute, "Basic Income Guarantee, Part III: Sharing a BIG Idea (Non-Cynical Saturday)"

[Craig Axford] To conclude its three part series on the basic income guarantee (BIG), Blogistan Polytechnic Institute’s Morning Feature provides advocates with some possible stories they can share with others to communicate possible real world positive impacts BIG can have on people’s lives.  Drawing upon Chip and Dan Heath’s book Made to Stick, this post reminds readers that the ideas

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Blogistan Polytechnic Institute, "Basic Income Guarantee, Part II: A BIG Idea Draws Small Critics"

[Craig Axford] Part II of the Blogistan Polytechnic Institute’s three-part exploration of the basic income guarantee (BIG) takes on the proposal’s critics.  This post selects a number of recent articles published challenging BIG and responds individually to each.  Potential negative impacts to work and productivity often suggested by BIG critics are considered, as are possible implications for immigration should Switzerland,

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Blogistan Polytechnic Institute: "Basic Income Guarantee, Part I: A BIG Idea Finds a Growing Consensus"

[Craig Axford] In this, the first of a three part series on a basic income guarantee (BIG), the arguments in favor of the concept offered by advocates from across the political spectrum are highlighted.  The implications of BIG for tax policy, work, the welfare system, and the minimum wage are considered.  The article draws on data coming out of recent

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Basic Income UK, “Ten Reasons to Support Basic Income”

[Craig Axford] Changing the way we think about our work and contributing to better working conditions are just a couple of the reasons Basic Income UK argues we should be supporting a basic income guarantee.  To review the complete list please use the link provided below. Basic Income UK, “Ten Reasons to Support Basic Income”, Basic Income UK, November 2013:

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Keith Wagstaff, "Why the U.S. government should send you $3,000 for doing nothing"

[Craig Axford] In this opinion piece, Keith Wagstaff states that Switzerland will be the first developed nation to adopt a basic income guarantee (BIG) should voters there approve it.  If that happens, Wagstaff argues it may force other countries, including the United States, to begin giving BIG another look.  Though this is an approach that draws support from both the

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Maniza Naqvi and Marcelo Giugale, "Mineral Wealth Can Finance Direct Dividend Payments to Citzens"

[Craig Axford] According to the Word Bank’s Maniza Naqvi, Alaska and Iran have something important in common: they both use revenues generated from their mineral resources to provide direct payments to their citizens. World Bank economist  Marcelo Guigale, also supports directly transferring money generated from oil, gas, and mineral development into the pockets of people. He argues this both strengthens

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Canada: Bruce Stewart, “Canadian Senator Hugh Segal and his guaranteed income plan”

[Craig Axford] This article discusses Conservative Canadian Senator Hugh Segal who continues to advocate for a basic income guarantee.  According to Senator Segal an income floor would encourage more entrepreneurship, enhance consumer spending, and provide a top up for low paying service jobs that are increasingly a barrier preventing many Canadians from joining the middle class. Bruce Stewart, “Canadian Senator

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