Category Archives: From the web

Scott Santens: Think like a Martian

Richard Feynman (“If you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it“)   If Martians did exist, they would know nothing about human endeavours (assuming they had not come to Earth in UFO’s before). They would look at humans from a place of absolute ignorance of what it means to be human, and – let’s assume – with

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France: Abdennour Bidar speaks about basic income to the MFRB

Abdennour Bidar. Picture credit to: L’Express   The Movement Francais pour un Revenue de Base [French Movement for a Basic Income] (MFRB) has interviewed, early this year, philosopher and author Abdennour Bidar, who has recently published the book “Libéron-nous! Des chaînes du travail et de la consummation” (“Let’s free ourselves! From the chains of work and consumption”).   Bidar has

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International: Questions & Answers on UBI, with Peter Knight (video)

Peter Knight, collaborator at the Fernand Braudel Institute of World Economics, and founder (and main coordinator) of the Sufficiency4Sustainability Network, has been contacted by the Universal Basic Income (UBI) Taipei Conference (link), and produced a video (below), with insights on his experience and expertise on the issue of UBI. The Conference took place on the 16th of March 2019. More

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Mass extinction on the horizon: Is Universal Basic Income the answer?

Picture Credit: (NASA/Rawpixel Ltd) Mark Maslin and Simon Lewis, authors of the book “The Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene”, published an article on Apolitical, suggesting that Universal Basic Income (UBI) may be the answer to the threat of mass extinction caused by anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). The impact of the human race on earth is so massive that

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Alex Gray: “This is our chance to completely redefine the meaning of work”

By: Rebecca Warne This article by Alex Gray summarizes a presentation given by historian Rutger Bregman at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, January 2019. Bregman would like to see ‘work’ redefined as ‘activity which adds value to society.’  He sees the starting point for this as more general recognition that some jobs are socially useless

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International Labour Organization: Universal Basic Income proposals in light of ILO standards – Key issues and global costing

Credit Picture: CC(Billy Wilson) The International Labour Organization published a paper investigating Universal Basic Income (UBI) proposals in light of ILO standards. With the ILO Social Protection Floors Recommendation (No. 202) providing relevant guidelines for the discussion on the adoption on UBI, namely: “(i) adequacy and predictability of Universal Basic Income (UBI) benefits to ensure income security, set at least

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International: Rutger Bregman: He is saying out loud what the majority of people is thinking

Rutger Bregman at Davos (2019). Picture credit to: World Economic Forum Rutger Bregman has been hitting the numbers the past few weeks. After a controversial participation at Davos, at the end of January, he went on for a controversial interview on Fox News that never got aired – but got “aired” on Twitter, and watched by more than eleven thousand

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Video: English version of popular UBI video now available

A popular 5-minute introductory video on Basic Income, in English, is now online. The video was originally made in Spanish, produced by Atxe, a Spanish artist, as a project for Red Renta Basica, the Spanish affiliation of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), 2 years ago. It gathered a great success reaching more than 5 million people. [1] Carlos Arias,

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Voices on the basic income (II): Is it justified? [Política Entrevista Voces sobre la renta básica (II): ¿Está justificada?]

The website, Revista Libertalia, recently published an article in Spanish with extensive quotes from an interview conducted with me. The article is entitled, “Voces sobre la renta básica (II): ¿Está justificada? [Voices on basic income (II): Is it justified?].” It’s author is Pablo Magaña. The Spanish version was published on February 28, 2019. The author created, but did not publish

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Video: Charles Eisenstein’s view of Unconditional Basic Income, in a nutshell

Charles Eisenstein. Picture credit to: Resilience.   Charles Eisenstein, author, thinker and true believer that a better world is possible, has spoken his mind about Unconditional Basic Income (UBI). For that purpose, he has recorded this short video.   In his view, UBI stands as a threat for the current work marketplace, since people (getting a UBI) would not easily

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