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UNITED STATES: Petition combines proposals from two different Swiss petitions

A recent Swiss petition drive has mandated a national referendum on a Basic Income. Parliament will have more than a year to craft the wording and call for a vote. An entirely separate petition drive has called for limiting CEO pay to no more than 12 times the lowest pay in the company. The vote on this issue will happen

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The Economist, “The check is in the mail: A government-guaranteed basic income”

This article begins a rather philosophical discussion of basic income with the following, “What if America were to scrap all its anti-poverty programmes—welfare, food stamps, unemployment benefits, the works—and replace them with an unconditional basic income (UBI) for everybody? Even in a Congress beset by less extraordinary levels of dysfunction, the idea would have little chance of becoming law. It’s

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Annie Lowrey, “Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive”

News of the forthcoming Swiss referendum on the Basic Income proposal continues to make inroads in the popular press; this time across the Atlantic where The New York Times features this important political moment in a positive light. The article runs through the manifold arguments in favour of the idea, elaborates on the different types of proposal that could come

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SWITZERLAND: Citizen’s initiative formally accepted

[Original by Enno Schmidt & Daniel Straub, translated by Joerg Drescher] Today [November 8, 2013], the Federal Chancellery of Switzerland announced that the citizen’s initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income has been formally accepted. It stated that after the validation of the signatures on 4 October, 126,408 valid signatures were submitted. Thus, the Federal Chancellery of Switzerland confirms formally: There

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Segacious News Network, “$2750 A Month For Every Adult, Guaranteed? Switzerland’s Considering It”

[Craig Axford] Switzerland’s successful effort to place a basic income guarantee (BIG) on the ballot would put “a floor under people’s income” according to Karl Widerquist of Georgetown University.  BIG is “the idea that income doesn’t have to start at zero.”  No date has yet been set for Switzerland’s BIG vote. “$2750 A Month For Every Adult, Guaranteed? Switzerland’s Considering

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VIDEO: The Swiss Activist Who Collected 100,000 Signatures to Provide Every Adult Citizen with $2,800/Month

[Steve Shafarman – USBIG] This video, an exclusive interview is cofounder of the Basic Income Initiative, Enno Schmidt, includes references to Milton Friedman, Alaska, Namibia, and more. Enno is an artist and author of the film Basic Income: A Cultural Impulse. The Real News Network, “The Swiss Activist Who Collected 100,000 Signatures to Provide Every Adult Citizen with $2,800/Month,” The

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AUDIO: Van Parijs on the Swiss radio

On October 2, 2013, the French-speaking Swiss radio network RTS devoted a one-hour programme to basic income. The broadcast included an interview with Philippe Van Parijs (Louvain University), as well as with philosopher Serge Margel (Lausanne University), Julien Dubouchet Corthay (BIEN-Switzerland), and economist Marco Salvi (Avenir suisse). The programme (in French) can be heard online on the website of RTS.

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