Author Archives: Karl Widerquist

Punk Band Records a Song with Indepentarian Argument for Basic Income

HUSLIGT ARBEJDE Borgerløn - the power to say no

Indepentarianism exists. The Danish punk band, Husligt Arbejde [House Work] has recorded an indepentarian song, “Borgerløn – the power to say no,” which translates into “Basic Income – the power to say no.” According to Google translate, the band describes its music as “aggressively political, minimalist punk.” “Indepentarianism” is the theory of justice I began to lay out in several

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Common Arguments Against Basic Income Don’t apply to the Emergency BI

The Guardian newspaper asked me to write an opinion piece about the Emergency Universal Basic Income (UBI). They changed my headline but otherwise, printed it as I wrote it. America is in crisis. We need universal basic income now. By Karl Widerquist, the Guardian, 20 Mar 2020 I’m reprinting it here in full: A few members of Congress recently have

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CNBC Interview of Karl Widerquist on Emergency Basic Income

Annie Nova, “How the Trump cash infusion would help millions of Americans: Interview with Karl Widerquist.” CNBC, Mar 18 2020 Annie Nova, of CNBC, recently interviewed Karl Widerquist to ask about proposals for an Emergency Universal Basic Income during the twin crises of the coronavirus and the stock market meltdown. To prevent millions of Americans from running out of money

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The North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress has been cancelled because of Covid-19

The North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 virus. The organizers have released the following announcement: With great dismay, we must announce that the NABIG 2020 Congress in Hamilton, Ontario in May will no longer be possible, due to public health concerns related to COVID-19. Within the last few days, developments in the United

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The Fall and Rise of the Basic Income Movement: My personal reflections after following it for 40 years

Forty years ago today—February 7, 1980—was a small milestone for the Universal Basic Income (UBI) movement: Milton and Rose Friedman dedicated an episode of their television show to a form of basic income guarantee called the Negative Income Tax. This episode might have been the last gasp of the UBI movement’s second wave, which came very close to the centers

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LEUVEN, BELGIUM: Basic Income Stream at ESPAnet Conference, 2-4 September 2020

Basic Income will be a major stream at the ESPAnet conference in Leuven, Belgium, 2-4 September 2020 “Basic income across Europe: Exploring variation in proposals, policy windows, and trajectories” Stream convenors: Jurgen De Wispelaere, Tim Vlandas and Hanna Schwander The basic income proposal has generated exponential policy (and public) interest in a short time span. In many countries a majority of

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Was Thomas Paine a Proponent of Universal Basic Income? Short answer: yes.

Thomas Paine

I was recently asked whether the statement “Thomas Paine was a proponent of Universal Basic Income” is true. Although that statement is slightly controversial, it is true. Let me explain: Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a contested concept. Different people within the UBI movement use the term differently. The policy Paine advocates in “Agrarian Justice” fits most of the popular

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London, UK: The Ethics of UBI in a Changing Economy

The Ethics of UBI in a Changing Economy King’s College London London, UK, April 24, 2020 Submission link: Abstract registration deadline: February 28, 2020 Submission deadline: February 28, 2020 Final paper submission: April 10, 2020 The Department of Political Economy at King’s College London will host a full day interdisciplinary workshop on “The Ethics of UBI in a Changing

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Thoughts on the British elections and the rise of nationalism

I wasn’t planning to write about the British elections until a friend asked. I’m not confident that I’m right about my conclusions, but here are some disjointed thoughts in no particular order. 1. I hate the parallels between US & UK politics: You get Thatcher-Major. We get Reagan-Bush I. We get Clinton. You get Blair. We get Bush II. Blair

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