Tag Archives: The Netherlands

Room for Discussion presents: The universal basic income – treat or threat?

On Wednesday the 9th of April, Room for Discussion fostered an economic debate on basic income with Guy Standing—a British professor in Development Studies at SOAS (University of London) and one of the founders of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) advocating  a European petition on basic income. Who: Guy Standing What: A Universal Basic Income When: Wednesday 9 April

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Bart de Baan, “Hoe bevrijdend is de ‘eis’ van een onvoorwaardelijk basisinkomen? [A Leftist critique on Basic Income]”

This essay praises some aspects of basic income, but argues that the proposal has disadvantages from the leftist point of view, including that it doesn’t move toward a leftist vision and that it is “nationalism in disguise.” Language: Original in Dutch. Translated into English. Dutch version: Bart de Baan, “Hoe bevrijdend is de ‘eis’ van een onvoorwaardelijk basisinkomen? [A Leftist

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Rutger Bregman, “Why we should give free money to everyone”

Author’s summary, “We tend to think that simply giving people money makes them lazy. Yet a wealth of scientific research proves the contrary: free money helps. It is time for a radical reform of the welfare state.” Rutger Bregman, “Why we should give free money to everyone,” de Correspondent, December 2013 (undated). Translated from Dutch by Tabitha Speelman. A shorter

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Europe, 6th International Week of the Basic Income, September 16-22

The Sixth International Week of the Basic Income will take place 16 to 22 September 2013. For its 6th edition, the week of basic income will focus on raising awareness on the European Citizens Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income. Proponents of Unconditional Basic Income in 22 Member States of the European Union have joined their forces to make this

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Baukje Hilarides, “Is het onvoorwaardelijk basisinkomen haalbaar in Nederland? [Is introduction of the UBI in the Netherlands feasible?]”

[Robin Ketelaars – Vereniging Basisinkomen] In a thesis of the study in Dutch Law at the Open University of the Netherlands 2012, (now Mr.) Baukje Hilarides investigated the possibilities and bottlenecks in the implementation of the Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) (OBi in Dutch) in Netherlands. Is the Unconditional Basic Income achievable in the Netherlands? Her answer is: “Yes, because the

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EUROPEAN UNION: Citizens Initiative for Basic Income

[Robin Ketelaars – Vereniging Basisinkomen (the Netherlands) – April 2013] At the start of this year the European Union (EU) registered the European Citizens’ Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income. Fifteen EU member states are participating in this initiative. Before January 14th 2014  one million statements of support have to be collected for the initiative to pass. When the organizers

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Caputo, Richard K. (editor) (2012), Basic Income Guarantee and Politics: International Experiences and Perspectives on the Viability of Income Guarantee

According to the publisher Palgrave/Macmillan, “This exciting and timely collection brings together international and national scholars and advocates to provide historical overviews of efforts to pass basic income guarantee legislation in their respective countries and/or across regions of the globe. Contributing authors address specific substantive issues such as: who were the main people and groups involved in support of or

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OPINION: Assessment of the Dutch Elections 2012, No entrance to Basic Income

The general elections of September 12, 2012 in the Netherlands show how far basic income has to go in the Netherlands. The elections were characterized by many debates in the media: radio, television, magazines and newspapers, but reporting and interviews were focused on party leaders of the major parties and some of the smaller parties already represented in the parliament,

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The Wealth Divide – poverty and economic inequality within the US and Africa; The Enclosures; the “resource curse” and the corruption of economics; the “law of rent”; addressing the land problem; cooperatives.

Guest Speakers: Gordon Abiama (Nigeria), Acharya Maheshverananda (Venezuela)

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