Author Archives: Jenna van Draanen

Kristine Lofgren, “Switzerland Might Pay All Citizens a 2,500 Franc Basic Income Every Month”

  SUMMARY: This article, although dated, discusses a variety of options that the Swiss government considered last year to create a fair economy. One proposed method would provide a guaranteed 2,500 franc income to all citizens, regardless of whether or not they are employed. The other was a minimum wage referendum. Kristine Lofgren, “Switzerland Might Pay All Citizens a 2,500

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Roderick Benns, “ Ottawa man says a basic income guarantee would have changed the trajectory of his life”

  AUTHOR’S ABSTRACT: From the time he was a toddler, John Dunn was bounced around 13 times from one Ontario foster home to the next until he turned 18. He was originally taken into care due to complications from his mother’s severe — and often suicidal — bi-polar disorder and alcoholism, and was separated from his three siblings in the

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Roderick Benns, “Basic income guarantee and healthy minimum wage go hand in hand, says retired professor”

  AUTHOR’S ABSTRACT: Roderick Benns recently interviewed Toni Pickard about basic income policy. Pickard was a law professor at Queen’s University before she retired and is now the co-founder of the Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee.   Roderick Benns, “Basic income guarantee and healthy minimum wage go hand in hand, says retired professor” Leaders and Legacies. July 3, 2015.

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Drew Nelles, “Review: Four new books, including Joseph Stiglitz’s The Great Divide, look at economic inequality”

SUMMARY: This news outlet reviews four books about income inequality, one of which (Atkinson’s Inequality: What Is To Be Done?) proposes basic income as a solution for the growing inequality.   Drew Nelles, “Review: Four new books, including Joseph Stiglitz’s The Great Divide, look at economic inequality” The Globe and Mail. May 29, 2015.

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Tom Streithorst, “The Economics of Mad Max and Star Trek”

This article is an essay about three possible future scenarios: one of technological wonderment, another of resource scarcity and anarchy, and finally a third middle way where humans can have subsistence while only needing to work a few hours per day and can spend the rest of their time enjoying the bounty of life. The essay argues this is only

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SWITZERLAND: Swiss Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs Opposes a Federal Initiative for Basic Income

  After taking a vote, the Swiss Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs proposes to its board the recommendation that people and policy makers reject the popular initiative for an unconditional basic income as they believe that the acceptance of this initiative could challenge existing social security systems and be difficult on the Swiss economy. Next, the issue will come before

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CANADA: Hugh Segal asks why we support corporations and not individuals?

Former Canadian Senator Hugh Segal has been a long-time advocate for basic income in Canada. In a recent interview, Segal notes that the nature of work is changing and he comments on the willingness to protect companies from economic crisis but not to protect individual people. Segal says that a basic income guarantee should not be about political affiliations and

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FRENCH: Ralph Kundig, “La campagne nationale pour le revenu de base inconditionnel est lancée” [ A National Campaign for Basic Income is Launched]

  With all of the recent activity in Switzerland on basic income and the upcoming vote on the national basic income initiative, a national body is needed to coordinate communication and to educate Swiss citizens on Basic Income. This article describes the group that was launched to meet this need, the National Campaign for Unconditional Basic Income.   Ralph Kundig,

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CANADA: Advocates are Waiting to see Support for Basic Income from Alberta’s New Minister of Finance

                      BI News has already confirmed that Naheed Nenshi, the mayor of Canadian city Calgary, supports basic income and has vowed to take leadership on it. Newly released articles suggest that there is support for basic income from other parts of the province of Alberta including from the Vibrant Communities Calgary

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