Author Archives: Josh Martin

Jurgen De Wispelaere and Leticia Morales, “Is there (or should there be) a right to basic income?”

Abstract: A basic income is typically defined as an individual’s entitlement to receive a regular payment as a right, independent of other sources of income, employment or willingness to work, or living situation. In this article, we examine what it means for the state to institute a right to basic income. The normative literature on basic income has developed numerous

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Steven Shafarman, “Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. We can make it come true.”

Shafarman’s piece focuses on one part of King’s activism that is commonly forgotten: he advocated for a guaranteed basic income for all citizens.  Shafarman provides a wide-ranging introduction to the idea, highlighting its flexibility in ideological arguments.  Shafarman urges our next president to consider following in King’s footsteps and establishing a basic income for all. Steven Shafarman, “Martin Luther King

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Daniel Raventós and Julie Wark, “We Can’t Afford These Billionaires”

This article scathingly critiques the World Economic Forum’s apparent concern for global inequality, claiming that the elites present at the forum are more concerned with ensuring their own well-being and accepting global inequality as a consequence.  These elites hide from society’s view but play major role in politics and in exacerbating inequality.  The authors believe a universal basic income could

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Jurgen De Wispelaere, “Basic Income in Our Time: Improving Political Prospects Through Policy Learning”

Abstract: Following the success of a recent Swiss Citizens’ Initiative to grant each citizen an unconditional income guarantee and the Finnish Government’s plans to conduct the first national pilot project, the idea of a basic income as a citizens’ right has gained much prominence in the policy debate. This article reviews a number of policy developments on the ground through

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Newsabe, “Cold, Hard Cash: How does free $800 every month sound?”

In this post the author discusses reasons for adopting a basic income, focusing on a possible implementation in Australia.  Momentum is building for a basic income in Australia, and the author is optimistic it could help safeguard Australians from automation and protect them from poverty. “Cold, Hard Cash: How does free $800 every month sound?”, Newsabe, 2016.

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Mark Thoma, “What happens if robots take all the jobs”

Thoma’s article discusses this year’s World Economic Forum in which serious discussions were held on what society can do to prepare ourselves for technological unemployment.  In his article, Thoma mentions a basic income as one such avenue to ensure a basic standard of living for all. Mark Thoma, “What happens if robots take all the jobs”, CBS News, 21 January

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Charles Wohlforth, “Alaska’s dividends help make us equal and protect our common wealth”

Wohlforth provides a historical and current look at the Alaska Permanent Fund and all of the advantages it has brought to Alaska.  Wohlforth talks through Governor Jay Hammond’s initial decision to enact the Permanent Fund Dividend and highlights how the dividend has helped Alaska achieve the lowest income inequality level in the United States.  While some politicians have tried to

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EUROPEAN UNION: Unconditional Basic Income Europe Works with New Democracy Movement

In early February, members of Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) attended the launch of a new European movement for democracy named “DiEM25” and key speakers like Katja Kipping from the German Left Party and Caroline Lucas from the UK Greens called for a basic income to be one of the key demands for the new movement.  Many of those in

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Olli Kangas, “Experimenting Basic Income in Finland”

Kangas’s slideshow, shared by Dylan Matthews from Vox, lays out the plan for the Finnish basic income experiments that should start in 2017.  The pilot will last two years and will explore different models like a full basic income, a partial basic income, a negative income tax, and others. Olli Kangas, “Experimenting Basic Income in Finland”, SlideShare, 7 December 2015.

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