Category Archives: Opinion

Tulane University Public Lecture: Karl Widerquist, “Why We Need a Universal Basic Income,” October 23, 2018

October 23, 2018 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Tulane University Jones Hall, Room 108 Basic Income is an audacious idea—a regular, unconditional cash grant for everyone as a right of citizenship. Yet, growing numbers of people have come to support it, believing not only that welfare systems around the world are too stingy but also that they’re based on an

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Is the Natural Rights Justification of Private Property a Purely Normative Argument, or Does it Require Empirical Claims? And if it Does, What Are Those Claims?

My latest discussion paper is a draft of Chapter 2 of my forthcoming book, the Prehistory of Private Property (coauthored by Grant McCall, Tulane University and the Center for Human-Environmental Research) The paper addresses the natural-rights-based (“right-libertarian” or more descriptively “propertarian”) justification of private property to show that it is not a purely normative argument. The paper argues that propertarian

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A Critical Analysis of Basic Income Experiments for Researchers, Policymakers, and Citizens

     My new short book, A Critical Analysis of Basic Income Experiments for Researchers, Policymakers, and Citizens, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in December of 2018. I’ve posted an early version of it on my Selected Works website. Here’s a summary:      “The devil’s in the details” is a common saying about policy proposals. Perhaps we need a similar saying

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Alaska’s BIG parodied in The Simpson’s Movie while Albertans call for their own Dividend (from 2007)

This essay was originally published in the USBIG NewsFlash in November 2007.   Public awareness of BIG took a small step forward this summer when the Simpsons Movie made a joke about it. Homer and his family are greeted at the Alaskan border by an official who says, “Welcome to Alaska. Here are a thousand dollars. We pay everyone in Alaska to

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Basic Income Guarantee On (and Off) the Front Pages in Canada (from 2001)

This blog was originally published at the USBIG NewsFlash in January 2001. It’s a good example of the way Basic Income was treated by major media outlets before the recent wave of support took off.  On Saturday, December 9th, just after the ruling Liberal Party won a decisive victory in the Canadian Parliamentary election, the basic income guarantee suddenly and

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The Goals of BI News (from 2014)

This essay was originally published on Basic Income News in March 2014.     Basic Income is suddenly the subject of much more discussion around the world. Political movements are growing. The media, social networks, and blogs have suddenly devoted more attention to basic income. Basic Income News (BI News) suddenly has much more news to report. The website is running two-to-five

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