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STANDING, Guy, May 24, 2011, “The Precariat – The new dangerous class”

According to Guy Standing, the Precariat “consists of a multitude of insecure people, living bits-and-pieces lives, in and out of short-term jobs, without a narrative of occupational development.” There are many more people in this position in the industrialized world than there were 50 years ago. Standing argues, “The only way to provide sufficient economic security is to do so

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KOTHER, Harald, Mar. 22, 2011, “Basic Income: The Way out of a Sick Society”

IndyMedia.org This article discusses Erich Fromm’s arguments on the psychological benefit of a basic income. Harald Kother writes, “Without the social contract, we become wolves to one another. Without the social contract, the state becomes a trough for the super-rich. Basic income could enable everyone to participate in social, economic and political life. Without vision, the people perish.” It’s online

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SPECIAL ISSUE: “Perspectives on Cash Transfers”

Economic and Political Weekly Volume 46, No. 21, May 21 – May 27, 2011 This special issue contains the following articles on cash transfers: NARAYANAN, Sudha “A Case for Reframing the Cash Transfer Debate in India” YANES, Pablo, “Mexico’s Targeted and Conditional Transfers: Between Oportunidades and Rights VERAS SOARES, Fabio, “Brazil’s Bolsa Família: A Review” BASTAGLI, Francesca, “Conditional Cash Transfers

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MEDRED, Craig, Mar 20, 2011, “All hail Comrade Palin, Hero of the Proletariat!”

Alaska Dispatch This opinion piece revives the decades-old practice of “red-bating. It red-bates Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend and all of its supporters, including Sarah Palin as “socialist.” The author would prefer that the oil companies operating in Alaska not be changed any fee at all for removing the oil from Alaska. By implication, anyone who thinks oil corporations should pay

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SWITZERLAND: A referendum on basic income?

The Swiss initiative Initiative Grundeinkommen is focusing on preparatory operations for a referendum to launch a nationwide Basic Income. In Switzerland, federal popular initiatives are not subject to judicial review as they amend the federal constitution. Promoters of popular initiatives have 18 months to collect at least 100,000 signatures. If they succeed, the initiative is put before the Swiss citizenry in a

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UNITED STATES: American Political Science Association Task Force Will Discuss BIG

USBIG reports that the American Political Science Association (APSA) has created a “Task Force on Democracy, Economic Security, and Social Justice in a Volatile World.” This task force is charged to rethink some of the familiar assumptions about democracy, economic security, and social justice in light of recent social and economic trends. In particular, the Task Force will assess recent

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