Category Archives: Opinion

Zwolinski: Basic income helps ‘protect freedom’

One of the most visible libertarian advocates of the basic income is Dr. Matt Zwolinski. Zwolinski is a professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego and has written extensively on the libertarian case for the basic income. In my interview with Zwolinski, he said a basic income “can help protect the freedom of certain vulnerable people,” although he recognizes there

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SUMMARY: Guy Standing, “The Corruption of Capitalism: Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay”

Guy Standing has published a new book that became available on July 14, 2016, published by BiteBack.  The book notes that the implications of the Age of Rentier Capitalism go beyond the economic sphere as the plutocracy fund and influence political parties, while media ownership is concentrated in the hands of a few powerful individuals.The Corruption of Capitalism shows why, in the

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Basic income: the post social democratic economic pathway for the 21st century

The 20th century was the century of social democracy in Western Europe. Nowadays the social democratic model of the welfare state is in deep crisis. This model, in which paid work is central, full (male) employment is the norm and social benefits are dependent on one’s performance in paid work is no longer working. Economic changes have accelerated the declining membership of unions. The strength of the various social democratic parties is thus structurally eroded. This opens the way for basic income as the economic model for the 21st century.

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US: Johnson supports Basic Income on libertarian principles

Article originally appeared on the Libertarian Republic by Brett Linley At the FreedomFest convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, Gary Johnson took a stance puzzling to many libertarians. Per the Basic Income Earth Network, Johnson conveyed that he would be “open” to the idea of Universal Basic Income. To many fiscal conservatives, UBI seems like a blanket handout to engorge the

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