Author Archives: Josh Martin

Andrew Coyne, “Raising minimum wage won’t help end poverty but giving the poor more money will”

[Josh Martin] Coyne’s article largely serves as a critique of raising the minimum wage as a policy to combat poverty.  Debates over how high the minimum wage ought to be seem arbitrary, and Coyne argues that those in poverty face employment issues from a lack of hours, not wages.  Coyne classifies raising the minimum wage as trying to do “social

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L. Randall Wray, “Let’s Compare the Job Guarantee to the Alternatives, NOT Against Some Distant Utopian Vision”

[Josh Martin] Wray’s article compares his job guarantee plan to the basic income guarantee (BIG).  Through his analysis, he finds that the job guarantee does a much better job at combating poverty than the BIG. L. Randall Wray, “Let’s Compare the Job Guarantee to the Alternatives, NOT Against Some Distant Utopian Vision,” Economonitor, January 27, 2014.

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Pavlina Tcherneva, “16 Reasons Matt Yglesias is Wrong about the Job Guarantee vs. Basic Income”

[Josh Martin] Tchnerneva writes in response to a post by Matt Yglesias where Yglesias criticizes the idea of a job guarantee.  Tchnerneva’s article focuses on defending the job guarantee and, in the process, attacking the basic income guarantee. Pavlina Tcherneva, “16 Reasons Matt Yglesias is Wrong about the Job Guarantee vs. Basic Income,” New Economic Perspectives, January 16, 2014.

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CANADA: Appeal from Rob Rainer

Rob Rainer, Director of The BIG Push Campaign in Canada, has called upon Canadian basic income supporters to send him brief testimonials on the difference basic income could mean in their lives.  By collecting these testimonials Canadians everywhere will learn about the merits of a basic income. Read his full letter below: Dear basic income colleagues, I am pleased today

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Rob Rainer, “The Trudeau Foundation Poll: A Closer Look 1.0”

[Josh Martin] The recent poll from the Trudeau Foundation found that 46% of Canadians are in favor of a guaranteed annual income, while 42% of Canadians are opposed.  Rainer, however, raises caution over these numbers because the poll’s question suggested that the guaranteed annual income would replace current economic assistance programs.  Rainer strongly believes in the necessity to continue economic

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Ed Dolan, “A Universal Basic Income: Conservative, Progressive, and Libertarian Perspectives”

[Josh Martin] Dolan’s article, the third in a series on the universal basic income (UBI), covers the multiple ideological arguments for a UBI.  By describing the conservative, progressive, and libertarian perspectives on the UBI, Dolan shows that there is room for compromise between the three camps and that a coalition could emerge if such a compromise is reached. Ed Dolan,

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William Watson, “Guaranteed income guarantees poverty”

[Josh Martin] Watson voices his take on the guaranteed income by citing a recent study from Laval University that evaluated the labor market effects of multiple economic proposals such as a guarantee of 100% of Statistics Canada’s “Market-basket Measure” of low income.  Under this guaranteed income, this study suggests that labor market participation would significantly drop (22% for single men,

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Matthew Bruenig, “Conservatives are losing their minds over economic reforms that already exist”

[Josh Martin] SUMMARY: Bruenig opens by highlighting the conservative backlash to Jesse Myerson’s article for Rolling Stone that listed five economic reforms all millenials should support: a job guarantee, a universal basic income, a land value tax, a sovereign wealth fund and state banks.  Conservatives quickly labeled these reforms as impossible, but Bruenig discredits this argument by providing real-world examples

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Jess O'Connor, “The case for and against unconditional basic income in Switzerland”

[Josh Martin] In this article, O’Connor begins with an explanation of the process behind Swiss referendums as well as recent issues that triggered referendums.  Particularly popular debates in Switzerland today focus on income inequality, O’Connor writes, partially because of the country’s lack of a minimum wage law while the top one percent own a third of the wealth.  Switzerland will

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J.D. Longstreet, “Something B. I. G. Is Coming To America! Progressive/Commies Push For Solution To Income Inequality”

[Josh Martin] Longstreet believes the Democratic Party in the U.S. will use the appeal of a basic income guarantee (BIG)  to mobilize its voting base in the 2014 midterm election.  Progressives, Longstreet believes, will scream out for damaging levels of income equality propelled by the BIG.  Further, he claims that this BIG will give money to the lazy and undeserving. 

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