Category Archives: Opinion

No Time for Austerity (from 2011)

This essay was originally published on Basic Income News in December 2011. I can’t believe the news. We are in the midst of the worst global depression in 70 years, and the governments of almost every major industrialized country are talking about austerity. They’re cutting government services; laying off public sector workers; cutting pay, pensions, and benefits for public employees—all

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President Obama Receives BIEN Letter Through Senator Suplicy (from 2011)

This essay was originally published on Basic Income News in May 2011.   In March 2011, Brazilian Senator (and tireless campaigner for BIG), Eduardo Suplicy told me and other members of the USBIG and BIEN Committees that he would soon be meeting with President Barak Obama at a dinner during the President’s visit to Brazil. Suplicy asked me to draft

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IS BIG WORTH TALKING ABOUT IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY? (from 2010)

This essay was originally published in the USBIG NewsFlash in October 2010. The political climate in the United States has gotten increasingly unfriendly toward the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG). Since 1990s, Democrats and Republicans have agreed that any politically viable approach to poverty must involve forcing the poor to work. But it is not only cash assistance to the poor

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MONGOLIA: Thousands of protesters demand Alaska-style dividend (from 2010)

This essay was originally published in the USBIG NewsFlash in April 2010.     The Associated Press has been reporting that more than 5,000 and perhaps as many as 10,000 Mongolians have been protesting for a resource dividend. Mongolia is a poor nation, currently in the process of developing what appear to be major mineral reserves. Back in 2008, during

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TEN YEARS OF THE U.S. BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE NETWORK (from 2010)

This essay was originally published in the USBIG NewsFlash in February 2010.   This issue, Volume 11, Number 55, marks the tenth anniversary of the USBIG Newsletter. The USBIG Network began over breakfast at the Kiev dinner in New York City in December 1999. Five people attended the first meeting: Fred Block (a sociologist at University of California-Davis), Charles M.A.

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