Category Archives: Opinion

Cash-for-Corona in Spain

Cash-for-corona: why the current policy proposal being discussed in Spain has nothing to do with a universal basic income Since the outbreak of coronavirus and the subsequent social and economic lockdown, there have been numerous appeals from economists, journalists, public figures and policy makers, that the time was ripe for the implementation of a universal basic income. However, the media

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Emergency Basic Income during the Coronavirus crisis

A basic income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement (BIEN’s definition of Basic Income) The coronavirus pandemic is causing huge suffering for those individuals who experience serious attacks of the disease, and for the families and friends of those who die from it. Everybody understands the social

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Guy Standing and Philippe Van Parijs interviewed for an article in El Pais

The Spanish newspaper El Pais has published an article, ‘La renta básica deja de ser una utopía‘ (‘Basic income is no longer a utopia’): La pandemia lleva a diversos países a ensayar planes de transferencias directas no universales para compensar la reducción en los ingresos de sus ciudadanos … The pandemic leads various countries to try non-universal direct transfer plans to

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Punk Band Records a Song with Indepentarian Argument for Basic Income

HUSLIGT ARBEJDE Borgerløn - the power to say no

Indepentarianism exists. The Danish punk band, Husligt Arbejde [House Work] has recorded an indepentarian song, “Borgerløn – the power to say no,” which translates into “Basic Income – the power to say no.” According to Google translate, the band describes its music as “aggressively political, minimalist punk.” “Indepentarianism” is the theory of justice I began to lay out in several

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Common Arguments Against Basic Income Don’t apply to the Emergency BI

The Guardian newspaper asked me to write an opinion piece about the Emergency Universal Basic Income (UBI). They changed my headline but otherwise, printed it as I wrote it. America is in crisis. We need universal basic income now. By Karl Widerquist, the Guardian, 20 Mar 2020 I’m reprinting it here in full: A few members of Congress recently have

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Income Movement Endorses Three UBI-Supporting Candidates in Primary Elections on Super Tuesday

Agatha Bacelar at UBI March in San Fransisco

Blogger’s note: this post is by a guest contributor, Stacey Rutland. The opinions expressed are hers alone. They are not necessarily shared by me or by the Basic Income Earth Network. -Karl Widerquist Super Tuesday is extra super this year! Three incredible congressional candidates are running on UBI and taking on the establishment in California (LA, SF, and Southeast CA).

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The Fall and Rise of the Basic Income Movement: My personal reflections after following it for 40 years

Forty years ago today—February 7, 1980—was a small milestone for the Universal Basic Income (UBI) movement: Milton and Rose Friedman dedicated an episode of their television show to a form of basic income guarantee called the Negative Income Tax. This episode might have been the last gasp of the UBI movement’s second wave, which came very close to the centers

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Three big misconceptions about Yang’s Freedom Dividend 

As US presidential candidate Andrew Yang continues to outperform expectations, his signature policy proposal, the Freedom Dividend or UBI, is receiving increased scrutiny. Some of the criticisms are well warranted, while others are misconceptions based on a flawed understanding of how basic income would operate.

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