Category Archives: Popular Media Articles

The linguistic scam of Italy’s ‘citizenship income’

Roberto Ciccarelli (journalist, writer and member of the Basic Income Italy) has published an article on the proposal of the Italian government’s citizenship income. In the article Ciccarelli talks about the poverty benefit misleadingly called a “citizenship income”, proposed by M5Star government. “What has been included in the soon-to-be-approved budget law” he says “is nothing but a sham and a deliberate misuse

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Guy Standing: “The Precariat: Today’s Transformative Class?”

Guy Standing has just posted an article on the Great Transition Initiative website. Titled “The Precariat: Today’s Transformative Class?”, the essay describes social evolution in the last few centuries and present-day neoliberal “rentier economy”, which has created the conditions to the rise of a new social class for which Standing has named the “precariat”. Guy Standing defends that it will

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United States: The Social Wealth Fund plan already exists

There is a plan for distributing dividends, unconditionally, for all Americans. It has been coined as the Social Wealth Fund (SWF), an idea developed and pushed by the People’s Policy Project (3P) founder Matt Bruenig, a known lawyer, blogger and policy analyst in the United States. 3P is a think tank founded in 2017, focused on studying policies benefiting citizens

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Ontario, Canada: Portrait series of people taking part in the cancelled Ontario Basic Income Pilot

Jessie Golem, a photographer from Hamilton, is one of the 4000 people who were taking part in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, which was cancelled earlier this year.   Golem has created a series of portraits called Humans of Basic Income, a collection of portraits taken of the people who were affected by the cancellation of the pilot, and has

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Conrad Shaw: “How Not to Bungle the Revolution”

In an article published on medium, with the title “How Not to Bungle the Revolution”, Conrad Shaw, who is working at the Bootstraps project, a docu-series following the stories of 21 Americans receiving an unconditional income supplement for two years, explores the evolution of the discourse surrounding universal basic income (UBI) in relation to the Federal Job Guarantee.   Shaw

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The Netherlands: Report argues that basic income doesn’t work

Ive Marx. Picture Credit to: University of Antwerp   A news article posted in Flanders Today refers to a report, headed by economist Ive Marx, which concludes that introducing basic income in the Netherlands can actually increase poverty while having only a small effect on inequality. Marx, from the University of Antwerp, concluded that introducing a 700 €/month basic income

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Wayne Lewchulk: “We could use [basic income] as an opportunity to discover the potential of humans”

Wayne Lewchulk. Picture credit to: The Halmilton Spectator “This isn’t your grandparents’ labour market”. Wayne Lewchulk, a professor at the McMaster University and specialist in labour markets, precarious employment and health, says it crystal clear on an interview given on May 24th 2018.   Lewchulk, who has been teaching labour issues for more than 35 years, is completely aware that

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Finland: Olli Kangas reveals the resistance to UBI

Olli Kangas. Picture credit: What.Happens.Now?   Olli Kangas, one of the masterminds behind Finland’s Universal basic income (UBI) research experiment, has spoken in detail about the process of implementing the UBI experiment and the challenges that have come with it. Finland’s UBI trial, presents the first of its kind in Europe, however different to other examples of UBI, in that

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The Future of Abundance: Self-Owning Machines Can Generate a Basic Income

Picture: Deep Dog at the Beach by Botgirl Questi, 2014, CC-BY-NC 2.0   On June 6th 2018, Trent McConaghy, founder of Ocean Protocol and BigchainDB states in his article “Nature 2.0, The Cradle of Civilization Gets an Upgrade”, that a combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain can result in a future of abundance. Profits from self-owning machines can pay for a

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Scott Santens: “It’s Time for Technology to Serve all Humankind with Unconditional Basic Income”

Scott Santens published on Medium the transcription of a speech he wrote for a keynote session he presented in Sweden in 2017, with the title “It’s time for technology to serve all humankind with Unconditional Basic Income.”   The speech revolves around the impact of automation on society, acting as a disruptor in the labour market, making many jobs obsolete

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