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Money for Nothing – it Sounds Like a Utopia

The London-based Apolitical website’s article on basic income (BI) opens with “Money for nothing – it sounds like a utopia” and then looks at some examples of BI concepts that have already been applied around the world. This phrase, “money for nothing” represents a commonly held bias that, when there is no commodity returned for the money, whether that commodity

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Charles Wohlforth, “Alaska’s dividends help make us equal and protect our common wealth”

Wohlforth provides a historical and current look at the Alaska Permanent Fund and all of the advantages it has brought to Alaska.  Wohlforth talks through Governor Jay Hammond’s initial decision to enact the Permanent Fund Dividend and highlights how the dividend has helped Alaska achieve the lowest income inequality level in the United States.  While some politicians have tried to

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Would a universal basic income be the ‘death’ of civil society?

The most common criticisms of a universal basic income (UBI) are that it is unfeasible and too expensive. However, in a recent series on UBI in the Washington Post, some of the strongest attacks dealt with the possibility that it may undermine civil society in the United States. Jonathan Coppage, associate editor of The American Conservative magazine, argues that a

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ALASKA: Study Links Permanent Fund Dividend with Increased Birth Weight

New research from economists at Hallym University in Chuncheon and Korea University in Seoul found that Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend has helped increase birth weights for Alaska newborns. According to the study, from 1978 to 1984, the dividend cash transfer increased weight by 34.8 grams (1.23 ounces) and reduces the likelihood of low birth weight by 14 percent when comparing

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ALASKA: The state’s mini-basic income comes under increasing attack

Alaska’s small basic income, the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), is coming under increasing political attacks as the state’s fiscal crisis grows. the dividend, in place since 1982, has been incredibly popular, but the double-hit of declining oil prices and declining oil production have created a fiscal crisis that has forced the state to look for new revenues. As Basic Income

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ALASKA, USA: 2015 Dividend estimated to be near highest ever

Alaska Dispatch News has released its estimate of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PDF) for this year. The Alaska Dividend is the closest policy to a basic income in the world today. It has paid dividends to all Alaska residents since 1982. According to reporter Sean Doogan, the dividend is likely to be about $2,100. If so, the dividend would be

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