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UNITED NATIONS: UN Report Calls for Social Protection Floor

On October 27, 2011, a high-level United Nations panel released a report calling for guaranteeing basic “income and services” for all. The report, entitled Social Protection Floor for a Fair and Inclusive Globalization, did not specifically call for basic income but the “ floor would guarantee basic income in the form of social transfers in cash or kind, such as

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LIBYA: CNN editorial suggests “Alaska Solution” to the resource curse

Libya has been a classic case of the resource curse: enormous resource wealth (even on a per-person basis), but instead of prosperity, the windfall has coincided with poverty and political oppression. The new government now has the job of finding a way to lift the curse on Libya. A recent editorial by Kevin Voigt of CNN suggests that one of

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CANADA: Prince Edward Island Green Party Endorses BIG

Sharon Labchuck, the leader of the Green Party of Prince Edward Island, finds interest on the idea of a “guaranteed liveable income”. According to the Canadian Guardian, she described it as “a bold idea but one worth pursuing”. The Green Party and their tax suggestions became subject of discussion in an all-candidates debate for the election in the beginning of

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BRAZIL: Suplicy campaigns for basic income

Senator Eduardo Suplicy spent three months campaigning as a “pre-candidate” for the Workers Party nomination for Mayor of Sao Paulo. He based his campaign almost entirely on the idea of creating a Basic Income at the municipal level. On November 6, 2011 he secured a promise from another pre-candidate Fernando Haddad, the current Minister of Education, that he would incorporate

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INDIANA GOVERNOR endorses BIG

Mitch Daniels, the Conservative Republican governor of Indiana, has endorsed BIG. An entire chapter of his new book, Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans, is dedicated to the negative income tax. The governor defended the idea to skeptical conservatives saying, “If you believe as I do that Americans — whether poor, or minority, or young — are capable

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KUCINICH’S NEED ACT calls for a Citizens Dividend plan

Representative Dennis  Kucinich introduced the NEED Act into the U.S. House of Representatives several months ago. The act is mostly aimed at reforming the U.S. banking system, but it includes a provision for outlining a plan to create a Citizens Dividend (another name for Basic Income). The exact wording of the relevant section of the bill is, “. . . 

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GERMANY: Party with Basic Income Platform wins 15 Seats in Berlin State Parliament

On September 18th, 2011, the German Pirate Party gained 8.9 percent in their first participation in the Berlin state election and far surpassed the required five percent to receive representation in the state parliament. They finished in fifth place and received 15 seats. In their election manifesto they promoted an unconditional basic income as part of their economic and social

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GERMANY: Pirate Party endorses Basic Income in its national campaign

According to the press release of the Pirate Party from the December 3, 2011, the party argued about and adopted a resolution in support of Basic Income and minimum wages at its party convention in Offenbach. After a debate, which took about two hours, the motion “Unconditional Basic Income and Minimum Wages” was carried by 66.9 percent and reached the

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