Category Archives: Opinion

Review of Marshall Brain, “Manna: Two Visions of Humanity’s Future” (from 2014)

This essay was originally published on Basic Income News in June 2014.   Marshall Brain is a science writer (both fiction and non-), futurist, founder of the website How Stuff Works, and a long-time advocate of basic income. His book, Manna: Two Visions of Humanity’s Future, makes a case for basic income—and for a post-work society altogether—through the vehicle of science fiction.

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The Basic Income Guarantee and Tautological Libertarianism (from 2014)

This essay was originally published on Basic Income News in August 2014.     The right-libertarian journal, Cato Unbound, has published a 4-party debate on Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) this month. Matt Zwolinski started it off with a second-best or pragmatic argument for BIG. He doesn’t say outright that BIG is better than many right-libertarians most favored policy of eliminating of all redistribution of

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Karl Widerquist’s list of Media Appearances

Karl Widerquist

On this page, I attempt to keep an updated list of media appearances, big or small; basic income related or not; audio, video, or text; starting with the most recent. It’s not exhaustive, but it’s extensive. Bootstraps, documentary film direct by Deia Schlosberg and Conrad Shaw (in production 2020) UBI: The Silver Bullet, documentary film by the People’s Currency Foundation,

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Obama speaks favorably about UBI but stops short of endorsing it (for the second time)

Barack Obama, for the second time, has favorably discussed basic income. In his Mandela Lecture, which included some hard-hitting remarks about the rise of strongman politics, Obama discussed the rise of automation and the difficulties it causes for workers. He finished that section of his speech with the following statement: “It’s not just money that a job provides; it provides

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Interview: Presidential campaign brings ‘new crowds’ to basic income

Yang took time out of one of his presidential campaign rallies and fundraisers to speak with BI News. Yang expressed hope that supporters of basic income would get behind his campaign early. Andrew Yang was then, and still is as of this writing, the only announced candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

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