Billionaire backlash shows the power of basic income

Billionaire backlash shows the power of basic income

“Last month, the US state of Iowa enacted a law banning local governments from adopting basic income programmes. This follows similar developments in Arkansas, Idaho, and South Dakota.

In Texas, after lawmakers failed to get their own such law adopted, the state’s attorney general filed a case to prevent Harris County from launching the basic income pilot that its officials had authorised. Declaring the pilot “unconstitutional”, the attorney general has taken his case all the way to the Supreme Court of Texas. What is going on here? And why do the intricacies of seemingly obscure local US politics matter?”

To read the full article for Al Jazeera by Neil Howard, click here.

What can be learned from Australia’s natural experiment with basic income during COVID-19?

What can be learned from Australia’s natural experiment with basic income during COVID-19?

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Abstract:

“The COVID-19 pandemic led to widespread social and economic policy experimentation as governments sought to protect household finances while locking down economies. Cash transfers emerged as one of the most popular policy measures, leading many to reflect on new possibilities for enacting universal basic income through temporary or emergency interventions. We take Australia’s pandemic response, and particularly its Coronavirus Supplement, as an example of this broader experimentation. We analyse the Supplement through the lens of an emergency basic income, arguing the measure reflected existing institutional structures and norms, forms of national and international policy learning, and vulnerabilities in Australia’s liberalized housing and labour markets. While temporary, we consider how its apparent success might suggest ongoing policy relevance, either as a form of capitalist “crisis management” or as an alternative pathway for implementing forms of basic income.”

To read the. full article, click here.

Basic Income for the Arts in Ireland – What have We Learned after 20 months?

Basic Income for the Arts in Ireland – What have We Learned after 20 months?

This is to announce the fourth in a special series of discussions dedicated to reflecting on what we can learn from the Irish Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme, as it unfolds.
The Government of Ireland is running a Basic Income pilot that began in September 2022. 2000 artists and cultural workers will receive a weekly unconditional income of €325 weekly for a period of three years. This fourth session will be an opportunity to check-in with some of the artists involved in the pilot scheme and learn from them about how it is affecting them and their creative communities.

To learn more and access the links for this fourth discussion and recordings of the previous three, click here.

We’ll need universal basic income – AI ‘godfather’

We’ll need universal basic income – AI ‘godfather’

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“The computer scientist regarded as the “godfather of artificial intelligence” says the government will have to establish a universal basic income to deal with the impact of AI on inequality.

Professor Geoffrey Hinton told BBC Newsnight that a benefits reform giving fixed amounts of cash to every citizen would be needed because he was ‘very worried about AI taking lots of mundane jobs’.”

To read the article by Faisal Islam, click here.

Emergency basic income: Distraction or Opportunity – May 16th at 4pm

Emergency basic income: Distraction or Opportunity – May 16th at 4pm

Jurgen De Wispelaere and Francesca Bastagli will explore the implications of Emergency Basic Income (EBI) for social protection systems and its relationship to Universal Basic Income (UBI). They will examine whether EBI can be integrated into existing programs, overcome barriers, and fuel changes towards more generous policies, while also discussing the divided opinions on whether EBI is an opportunity or a distraction for the future development of UBI.

Title: Emergency Basic Income: Distraction or Opportunity?

Date: 16th of May, 4:00 pm (UK time)

Location: Zoom (Click here to join the meeting)