Opinion: The problem is poverty, however we label it

The prefixes ‘food’, ‘child’ or ‘fuel’ make life for 14 million poor Britons seem easily fixable. In truth, radical action is needed By Aditya Chakrabortty How ingenious are the British! Like the legendary Inuit people who coined 57 words for snow, we have devised a long list of clever aliases for the stuff that dominates everyday life. Know the ones I mean? Try food poverty. Fuel poverty. Child poverty. Clothing poverty. Transport poverty. Period poverty. These are phrases mouthed in

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Opinion: The problem is poverty, however we label it

The prefixes ‘food’, ‘child’ or ‘fuel’ make life for 14 million poor Britons seem easily fixable. In truth, radical …

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Why work more than 15 hours a week?

Unthinkable: It was good enough for your ancestors, says anthropologist James Suzman By: Joe Humphreys Anyone feeling lockdown guilt – …

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How did Americans spend their economic impact payments?

The stimulus checks went to help people pay down debt and prepare for an uncertain financial future. The impact …

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In just three months, 6 million more Americans have fallen into poverty

The rise in poverty was triggered by a lack of new stimulus checks and the end of the $600 …

Pilots & Experiments

Richmond, Virginia Mayor Levar Stoney speaks on December 10, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Meet the mayors pushing for basic income in 30 cities across the U.S.

Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, sometimes called “MGI,” was founded in June 2020 by founded by then-mayor of Stockton, …

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Providing workers with UBI did not reduce the amount of effort they put into their work, according to a lab experiment conducted by Spanish economists

Universal Basic Income did not disincentivize people from working. The results of this study contradict one of the most …

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Saint Paul mayor: Now that Democrats are in control, let’s really help struggling Americans

Laying the foundation for a more inclusive and resilient economy: “While the vaccine can reduce our likelihood to contract …

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2021 Will Be the Year of Guaranteed Income Experiments

At least 11 U.S. cities are piloting UBI programs to give some of their residents direct cash payments, no …

The Social Debate

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How the American Unemployment Assistance System Failed

A decline in funding and changes in the workplace — and how long people are out of work — …

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Direct cash payments have been critical for Colorado families — Congress must pass more

Coloradans need real relief now. The more we can do to support struggling families and help boost our local …

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A $2,000 Check Is a Good Start, but Struggling Americans Need $2,000 Every Month

Dr. King taught us that direct cash payments are a smart response to poverty and mass unemployment. In this …

Opinion: The Democrats’ victory in Georgia was a vote for cash assistance.

Prioritizing direct monthly payments isn’t just good policy—it’s good politics. By: Sean Kline and Jim Pugh “It’s not hyperbole, you can …

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Martin Luther King III Endorses Andrew Yang for Mayor Because of His Support for UBI

“Andrew’s commitment to a basic income is why I’m endorsing him, and why we’ve worked tirelessly to support Democrats across the …

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Cash relief for the poor now: Andrew Yang says he can deliver on Martin Luther King Jr.’s promise

Yang is a Democratic candidate for mayor of New York. King is a civil and human rights advocate. By: Andrew …

Andrew Yang officially announced his bid for mayor of New York City on Wednesday. James Estrin/The New York Times

Yang’s Rivals in the NYC Mayoral Race Adopt Basic Income Guarantees Into Their Own Platforms

Andrew Yang favors a modified version of universal basic income that would provide payments of about $2,000 to a …

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Andrew Yang Officially Announces Candidacy for NYC Mayor

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, a former presidential contender, officially declared his run for New York City mayor. In a …

Success Stories

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Unconditional Cash Program in Chicago Provides Further Evidence in Support of UBI

While enrolled in a universal basic income program, Patricia Jackson had access to a reserve of $3,200 that she …

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs talks during an interview in Stockton, Calif. Tubbs is one of the youngest mayors in the country and was the city’s first Black mayor. He garnered national attention with his universal basic income program that fights poverty by paying people $500 a month.

Universal Basic Income has been a ‘lifesaver’ to families during coronavirus pandemic: California mayor

By: Kristin Myers Universal basic income (UBI) has been a “lifesaver” for households participating in UBI pilot programs, Mayor …

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‘It’s our duty’: How giving Canadians a basic income can improve health and reduce costs

‘Poverty is expensive’: Toronto doctor says universal basic income actually costs society less By Kamyar Razavi & Mike Le Couteur  Global News One …

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A Monthly Basic Income Changed This German’s Life, and Then the Lives of 650 Others

Michael Bohmeyer’s website, “My Basic Income,” has given randomly selected people almost $1,200 a month for a year to …

The Basics of UBI

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Why Universal Basic Income Should Be President Biden’s Top Priority

An updated system of income and taxes would alleviate the worst crises the United States faces, including climate change. …

We The People

Editorial: 2020 Revealed That Universal Basic Income Cannot Wait Any Longer

By: Scott Santens Everything seemed to change in 2020, and yet in very important ways, what really needed to didn’t, …

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BIEN Congress 2021 – Call for UBI papers

The local organising committee for the 2021 Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress in Glasgow are very excited to …

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The European Citizens’ Initiative for Unconditional Basic Income

The ECI is asking for a universal basic income that is unconditional, individual, and of a quantity that is …

Workforce Automation

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The workforce is automating faster than expected, displacing 85 million jobs in the next five years

Some jobs will disappear and others will emerge as the world faces a dual disruption The World Economic Forum’s Future …

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Half of all work tasks will be handled by machines by 2025 in a shift likely to worsen inequality, a World Economic Forum report has forecast.

Half of all work tasks will be handled by machines by 2025 in a shift likely to worsen inequality, …

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Flippy the burger-flipping robot goes on sale

The pandemic accelerates the adoption of automation across industries including the food services businesses. The impact on workers is …

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Caterpillar bets on self-driving machines impervious to pandemics

Caterpillar’s automation strategy was not born during the COVID-19 era but the global pandemic is accelerating its rollout. By: …