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The Foundation for Government Accountability – a Florida-based lobbying group backed by the richest 1% – is working to get basic income experiments banned by state legislators across the U.S.
As a well-known quote often wrongly attributed to Mahatma Ghandi says, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” As of 2024, the basic income movement in the United States is now firmly in the “then they fight you” stage thanks to a slew of bills introduced in state after state that are all attempting to ban the basic income experiments that have spread across the country. Over 150 guaranteed basic income pilots are now ongoing or recently completed in 24 states as of this writing, and so far, bills in seven states have been introduced to stop them. All of the bills are the result of efforts by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) – a lobbying group with a billionaire-fueled junk science record every American should know about. ….
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Financed by the European Parliament and written by three Catalonian economists, “The fundamental part of this research means to answer the following question: can UBI be financed by the EU? And more specifically, to answer the key question of how it can be financed, through three taxes: income tax, wealth tax and carbon tax.”
To download the free report in pdf format, click here.
BIEN has issued eight approximately one-hour podcasts that are now available on YouTube, and more will be put out in the future. The latest is an interview with Jurgen De Wispelaere by Ahmed ElBas where they discuss various topics and take a look at Latin America for the first time.
To see the full playlist and view any of them, click here.
“As the rich get richer and take more of our wealth, our democratic freedoms are also in danger. The elite are gaining large profits without contributing back to society, hollowing out our public services and institutions and preventing the vast majority of us from living our lives to the fullest.
In Unconditional Freedom, David Casassas argues that for us to live freely, we need unconditional resources such as Universal Basic Income. In a sharp and lucid analysis, he shows that UBI would not only liberate us from the nightmare of social exclusion and precarious employment, it would also increase our bargaining power as individuals and collectives, opening doors to democratise our lives.”
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“Exciting news! The Social Policy Initiative (SPI) is thrilled to share a groundbreaking new report titled “The Economics of Implementing Basic Income in South Africa.” This research, authored by renowned financial journalist Duma Gqubule, explores the potential impact of a universal basic income (UBI) on South Africa’s economy.
Join the discussion:
Launch event: 14th February 2024, between 5:30PM and 7:00PM at the Fountains Hotel, Cape Town.
Presentation: Author Duma Gqubule will personally present the research, followed by responses from Brenda Sibeko, DDG of Social Development, and Aliya Chikte of AIDC.
RSVP: Secure your spot by RSVPing to https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_19qykM99RAeKmKlLD0LJjg#/registration
This research, made possible by ACTSA.”
Edited by Malcolm Torry, this second edition:
- Contains new chapters on peacebuilding, public health, pilot projects, and the history of basic income
- Presents a newly updated discussion of the important aspects of the Basic Income debate
- Assesses the effects of Basic Income schemes in five key areas
Read more about the book and/or purchase it by clicking here.