UBI can help LGBT+ people and it’s on its way

LGBT+ people have so much to contribute to our society—be it in enterprise, the arts or in our politics. But still too many of us are held back by forces well beyond our personal control. By Gareth Lewis Shelton If you’re reading this piece, then you’re probably at least curious about Universal Basic Income (UBI) and its potential to change society. Many of the arguments for and against it are increasingly well rehearsed—giving workers autonomy, ending poverty. But there are some

Income Inequality

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2020. 312 pages.

The Other Epidemic: Deaths of Despair

Anne Case and Angus Deaton provide a compelling account of the problem, but anemic solutions. The epidemic of deaths …

Lamonte Goode, an out-of-work dancer, outside his West Hollywood apartment. Goode owes thousands of dollars to his landlord, and he’s not sure how he’ll pay it back. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

What happens when all the rent comes due?

“An eviction is not a single event in a person’s life. It actually changes the trajectory of a life, …

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Opinion: We need to shift from a culture of fear to a culture of care to fight the politics of hatred

The human “fight or flight” response gives demagogues like Trump a tool for political manipulation. But we could replace …

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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 …

Pilots & Experiments

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Santa Clara County Pilot Program Providing UBI to Foster Youth May Be Expanded to All of California

Sen. Dave Cortese proposes statewide basic income pilot; a pilot that includes foster care youth as they leave the …

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Durham Council Member Says City Residents Who Were Formerly Incarcerated Should Receive Guaranteed Incomes

Durham’s proposal to experiment with a type of universal basic income is moving forward. By Thomasi McDonald Councilman Mark-Anthony …

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New York’s Ulster County to provide $500 a month for one year to 100 families

Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan, Tuesday, announced major programs aimed at helping families get back on their feet as …

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California’s Yolo County Considering Small Basic Income Pilot Funded by Marijuana Revenue

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy Families with young children currently living in deep poverty in Yolo County would receive monthly cash assistance …

The Social Debate

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Moderate Democrats Strip Stimulus Checks From 12 Million Voters for No Reason

Opinion by Eric Levitz For weeks, a handful of moderate Democrats in the Senate have been fighting to prevent $1,400 …

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Eleven Senate Democrats Urge Biden to Include Recurring Monthly Checks in the Next Recovery Package

Ten senators want to make direct payments and unemployment insurance extensions automatic until the economy recovers. By Kevin Robillard …


Basic income could prevent people from choosing medically-assisted death in response to the downstream effects of poverty

If medically assisted death becomes more accessible for Canadians, we have a moral obligation to make living well — …

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Some families could get more than $14,000 in new Covid relief. It’s looking more and more like universal basic income

By Lorie Konish KEY POINTS A new coronavirus relief bill is in the works and it could mean a …

Andrew Yang

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Andrew Yang’s ‘People’s Bank’ to Help Distribute Basic Income to Half a Million New Yorkers

“I wake up and I feel privileged that I may have a positive impact on the lives of other …

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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 …

Hundreds of people line up for a free food distribution event held by the Food Bank of New York at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, May 15, 2020. (Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News)

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 …

Success Stories

Susie Garza, a participant in Stockton's basic-income trial, used some of the extra cash to finance her dog's surgery.

Stockton, California gave some residents $500 a month for two years. After a year, the group wound up with more full-time jobs and less depression

By Aria Bendix In Stockton, California, 125 residents got $500 per month, no strings attached, for two years. After …

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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 …

The Basics of UBI

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UBI can help LGBT+ people and it’s on its way

LGBT+ people have so much to contribute to our society—be it in enterprise, the arts or in our politics. …

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The pros and cons of universal basic income

Unconditional cash payments to residents are more of a floor to stand on than a safety net, say these …

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Opinion: It’s time to transform our society with a basic income guarantee

The more distant someone is from mainstream culture, the more they need money to address their unique needs in …


UBI’s Lessons for Redesigning Canada’s Social Welfare System

UBI, at its core, is an unconditional cash transfer that guarantees a livable income regardless of work status. This …

Workforce Automation


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 …


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 …


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: …