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News Round-up: Basic Income in the News

Canada The Coronavirus Pandemic Proves We Need Universal Basic Income 7 April 2020 Croatia Time for a Universal Basic Income for Eastern Europe? (Paul Stubbs) 30 March 2020 Spain Spain is moving to establish permanent basic income in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic 6 April 2020 United Kingdom Research and press articles on Basic Income possibilities in the UK

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Daniel Raventós and Julie Wark: “Covid-19 and the Need, Right Now, For a Universal Basic Income”

The pair Daniel Raventós and Julie Wark have analyzed the corona virus outbreak and consequent economic downturn and call for an immediate implementation of basic income in each country, truly a global response to a global crisis. It can be read, from the onset of the article: Apart from the medical threat revealing a brutal class divide in healthcare, the

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Basic income: Exit strategy or exit trap?

A new article (“Exit strategy or exit trap? Basic income and the ‘power to say no’ in the age of precarious employment“) has been published by Simon Birnbaum and Jurgen De Wispelaere, analysing the “power to say no” argument as a support for basic income policies. The researchers show that this argument may be flawed, given what they consider a

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Canada: New report from the Basic Income Canada Network shows how to improve income security for everyone

A new report from the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) details how Canada could improve income security for everyone, with three options for a basic income for adults, while maintaining current child benefits for those under 18. “We’ve seen interest in basic income grow far beyond theoretical debates. BICN is now frequently asked what it would look like in Canada,” said Chandra

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New book: Exploring Universal Basic Income

The full title is “Exploring Universal Basic Income: A Guide to Navigating Concepts, Evidence, and Practices”, and it’s the most recent publishing of the World Bank on the specific issue of basic income, by the hands of editors Ugo Gentilini, Margaret Grosh, Jamele Rigolini and Ruslan Yemtsov. From the original World Bank webpage it can be read: Specifically, the book

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Podcast: Anna Coote and Louise Haagh on The Ralph Miliband Programme

Anna Coote (left), Louise Haagh (right) “Universal Basic Income and Universal Basic Services: the case for radical change” is the title of the podcast hosted by Robin Archer, Director of the Ralph Miliband Programme, a prestigious lecture series on the spirit of free social inquiry at the London School of Economics. The podcast features Anna Coote, a Principle Fellow at

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VIDEO: Universal Basic Income – the power to say ‘no’, for everyone

On December 2nd, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery was celebrated. To mark that date, Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, an editorial partnership between openDemocracy and researchers from Africa, Asia, America, Australia and Europe, have commissioned this video, focused on Universal Basic Income (UBI). According to this group, UBI might be an appropriate policy response to contemporary labour unfreedom.

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PODCAST: The Basic Income Podcast features Reverend Liz Theoharis, on Building a Movement Centered on Poor People

Reverend Liz Theoharis.   This twenty-minute podcast features Reverend Liz Theoharis, a long-time advocate and activist for poverty reduction and elimination. She had led a campaign called the “Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival”, a direct revival of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Poor People’s Campaign” in the 1960´s. In the podcast, she argues that poverty is not

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Could basic income play a role in the fight against unfree labour?

Credit Picture CC(Paul Domenick) A series of articles concerning the role which basic income (BI) could play in the fight against unfree labour in now on openDemocracy. The introduction by Neil Howard sets the tone for the debate: even though many thinks that coercion by evildoers is the main cause for modern day slavery and human trafficking, this is not

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