Category: THE BASICS OF UBI

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A guaranteed basic income would help all Canadians fulfill their full human potential

Introducing a Basic Income Guarantee would cost a lot of money. The good news is that we can finance …

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Opinion: Why UBI?

This is a list of some arguments in support of UBI that I’ve most frequently come across during my …

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New book, The Case for Basic Income, explores current challenges in todays climate

“Although there is now a little library of books on Basic Income, we believe that our effort is unique …

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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 …

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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 …

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New documentary explores arguments for and against creating a Universal Basic Income

The Cost of Living examines claims made by UBI’s supporters and detractors and includes interviews with welfare rights adviser …

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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. …

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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 …

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UBI as Public Money for Public Purpose

Contribution to GTI Forum –  Universal Basic Income: Has the Time Come? By: Mary Mellor Interest in a basic …

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‘We need radicalism to knit our humanity back together again:’ The case for UBI

ALEX CULVIN, member of UBI Lab Network, tells Georgina Trace how a Universal Basic Income in the UK could …

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Visualizing UBI Research

New tool from Stanford compiles extensive research and shows the connections between UBI and a variety of social issues. …

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State of the Movement, Nov 2020: Planning for 2021

VIDEO on The First 100 Days of the Biden / Harris Administration and what can be accomplished. Basic Income …

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Analysis: how a band of Catholic monetary reformers in Ireland promoted the idea of a basic income to eradicate …

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Opinion: It is imperative that members of the LGBTQ+ community are involved in the design process and advocacy of UBI

“There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now okay to express ourselves publicly. …

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How UBI can expand educational and career opportunities

UBI programs need to think big picture to achieve lasting results. Is this the right time? By: Wendi Williams …

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Basic Income Would Be More Effective Than Many Current Government Programs

Replacing the raft of recovery benefits with a simple, permanent guaranteed income would be an automatic stabilizer for people …

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Could Canada’s new federal disability benefit lead to basic income?

Basic income is a guarantee that no Canadian will have to live on an income far below the poverty …

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The moment for Universal Basic Income is now, and it’s local

As we look to a post-pandemic future, more and more local authorities are getting behind the idea of a …

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A $300-per-month UBI would cut Veteran poverty in half

Veterans of all ages have unique needs but our current social support systems aren’t sufficient for Veterans with disabilities. …

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Basic Income Could Bring Relief to People with Chronic Illness

Imagine the challenges of falling through the gaps in the social security net because, despite being ill, you’re not …

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New app is going to create a community-funded basic income for its members

Now there’s a chance for anyone to volunteer for a guaranteed income program, one that you both can benefit …

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How universal basic income can improve employability

In rural Kenya, a UBI pilot started in 2007, paying about Sh80 of $.075 daily which significantly improved well-being …

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Universal basic income would offer a safety net as we adjust to the new normal

The idea of a UBI for all citizens is gaining traction because UBI gives us the freedom to say …

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Covid-19 has made a basic income system an economic imperative

Post-Covid, we must build a new income distribution system that will provide society, and every individual, with much greater …

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People with disabilities deserve a basic income

It’s time to treat people with disabilities with respect instead of paternalism and to address the inadequacies of the …

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What is basic income and what are the arguments for and against it in Canada?

Is it time for an updated look at what Universal Basic Income is and how it impacts society across …

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Not only is basic income necessary, it’s also sustainable and achievable

Could there become a time when all our basic needs are paid for by the government? That’s the question …

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Social Security for All?

The pandemic has exposed the systemic failures of America’s inadequate welfare state. It’s time to start over. By: MIMI …

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It’s not just ‘leftists’ who support a basic income

By: Tarek Fatah My column last week endorsing a guaranteed basic income triggered a surprising denunciation by many as …

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Editorial: We need UBI because we all need money, power, and trust

By: Scott Santens. — I’ve written before about how besides just being a good idea with a lot of …

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Coalition calls on federal Liberals to bring in a basic income to address gender inequity in Canada

By: By Brendan Kennedy. – A coalition of nearly 4,000 individuals and organizations is calling on the federal government to implement a …

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Basic income must become part of a new settlement, for a new post-Covid age

By: Patrick Hurley. – I read with real interest Anna Coote’s article earlier this week, which questioned the arguments and assumptions …

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Universal Basic Income and Mental Health

What the history of social psychiatry tells us about preventing mental illness. By: Matthew Smith Ph.D. Essentially, there are …

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“A universal basic income should be the post-pandemic legacy we leave the next generation.”

Now, more than ever, we need a state that lifts people out of poverty and gives them the equality …

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Why COVID-19 Demonstrates Our Need for a Basic Income

What if we changed the paradigm and system to help those most in need beyond this global emergency? By: …

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Why is a Basic Income Good for the Environment?

By: Nick Humberstone – @NickHGreen — Climate breakdown is still happening. It’s not going to stop unless we do …

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UBI pilots are great, but we rarely see any pilots for tax cuts, and the Covid crisis has shown the immediate need for UBI

There is no doubt that the Covid crisis has forced governments to contemplate and implement policies that they would …

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A Genealogy of the Idea of Universal Basic Income

By: Anton Jäger, Daniel Zamora – COULD A GLOBAL PANDEMIC give us a Universal Basic Income? About a year …

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‘Our generation’s NHS’: support grows for universal basic income

Insecurity caused by coronavirus has prompted more people to join UK groups calling for change

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Thomas Paine’s centuries-old argument for UBI as a right

THOMAS PAINE’S SOLUTION FOR POVERTY By: PAUL MEANY Thomas Paine was one of the first people to argue in …

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Economic Revival and Universal Basic Income

Economic Revival and Universal Basic Income By: J. J. MARTIN The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down the economy, with …

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How universal basic income could help women in abusive relationships

How a universal basic income could help women in abusive relationships By Amelia Womack @Amelia_Womack It is hard to put …

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Adjusting our Economy | Universal Basic Income Discussions with Gerald Huff (video)

This is the 3rd part of a video series about Universal Basic Income, based on an interview given by …

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The Deflationary Effects of Universal Basic Income

The Deflationary Effects of a Basic Income By: Austin G Mackell. It’s increasingly accepted that the government can’t run out …

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Automation and the Circular Economy | Universal Basic Income Discussions with Gerald Huff (video)

This is the 2nd part of a video series about Universal Basic Income, based on an interview given by …

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$1,000 per month: How would a universal basic income boost Marin City?

$1,000 per month: How would a universal income boost Marin City? By Jason Fagone for the SF Chronicle   …

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Young People Need a Universal Basic Income. So Does the Planet.

Young People Need a Universal Basic Income. So Does the Planet. A UBI would support youth entering the workforce …

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The Foundation of UBI | Universal Basic Income Discussions with Gerald Huff (video)

This is the 1st part of a video series about Universal Basic Income, based on an interview given by …

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A neoliberal argument for UBI based on individual freedom and property rights

A moral case for Universal Basic Income A neoliberal argument for UBI based on individual freedom and property rights …

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Q&A with author of ‘Our Future: The Basic Income Plan for Peace, Justice, Liberty, Democracy, and Personal Dignity’

Making the Case for Universal Basic Income: An Author Q&A By Carl M. Cannon     I recently interviewed …

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Andrew Yang on his best career advice, the rise of the ‘Yang Gang,’ and why universal basic income could fix American entrepreneurship

Andrew Yang on his best career advice, the rise of the ‘Yang Gang,’ and why universal basic income could …

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Social psychology Ph.D. student at Stanford shares her research on universal basic income

Social psychology Ph.D. student shares research on universal basic income By Sophie Regan   Catherine Thomas, a social psychology Ph.D. …

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Universal Basic Income to safeguard our future

by Ronnie Cowan MP   If any good is to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic it may be …

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Becoming America

America has a critical flaw. We know how to fix it. It’s the policy that makes our shared dream …

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How Universal Basic Income Will Save the Economy

Until recently, the idea lived on the political margins. Then the pandemic changed everything BY MAX FAWCETT   HOW YOU …

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Payment Guaranteed: How Would Universal Basic Income Affect Business?

Payment Guaranteed: How Would Universal Basic Income Affect Business? By Adam Uzialko, Writer What if once a month for the …

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Universal Basic Income is older than you think, but coronavirus gave it wings

In the darkest hour of the coronavirus pandemic, in the face of an expected 30 percent unemployment rate and a likely …

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How and Why a Fed-Financed UBI Would Not Lead to Inflation

According to an April 6 article on CNBC.com, Spain is slated to become the first country in Europe to introduce a …

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The US Has the Productive Capacity to Make UBI a Reality

Universal basic income — a monthly payment to everyone sufficient to meet basic needs — could end poverty overnight. …

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Editorial: The Future of the United States Depends on the Immediate Adoption of UBI

Flatten the curve… We’ve heard that phrase repeatedly as a result of the novel coronavirus in regards to the …

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Life, Liberty, and Universal Basic Income

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their …

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Universal basic income is about universal basic security

Imagine, for a moment, that the robots have won. The year is 2049—the same year researchers once pegged as …

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We All Deserve An Income Floor: Why the Bold Policy of Basic Income Works

If guaranteed income is an attempt to provide people with more resources—resources that come with very few restrictions—it demands …

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The Fall and Rise of the Basic Income Movement

Forty years ago today—February 7, 1980—was a small milestone for the Universal Basic Income (UBI) movement: Milton and Rose Friedman dedicated …

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How a VAT could tax the rich and pay for universal basic income

The Congressional Budget Office just projected a series of $1 trillion budget deficits—as far as the eye can see. Narrowing …

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Canada can end poverty and shrink inequality by adding an annual basic income guarantee of $22K, new report says

Canada can afford to eliminate poverty, support the middle class and dramatically shrink the gap between the rich and …

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The Decade of Universal Basic Income

One thing to celebrate from the 21st-century “teens” – the rise of universal basic income (UBI). We’ve started a …

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New working paper explores a UBI in NYC and finds it would not lead to housing inflation

Skeptics of guaranteed income tend to worry about the policy’s inflationary effects; absent rent regulation, for instance, one might …

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The UBI Maze | Reflections on ‘The Future of Work, Technology and Basic Income

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the proposal that the state should provide a guaranteed income floor to everybody, as …

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Eleven Nobel Laureates Who Have Endorsed Universal Basic Income

The idea of an unconditional basic income (UBI) floor where everyone starts with the same minimum amount of money as everyone …

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The crazy, true story of Nixon and basic income

Tech CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are talking up the idea of a universal basic income. But …

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Opinion: The biggest threat to freedom in the world today is economic destitution

Here political philosopher and economist Karl Widerquist argues that UBI is required as compensation for the creation of property …

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UBI is Social Security for the 21st Century

It’s based on the dividends that accrue to Americans because of their everyday contributions as workers, consumers, caregivers and …

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The documentary, ‘UBI, our right to live’, now available online

The film directed by Álvaro Orús and promoted by Pressenza and Humanists for Basic Income, was premiered at the …

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Introducing the UBI Calculator Version 1.0

How will universal basic income impact you? Well, the answer to that question depends on the details of the …

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An unconditional basic income floor permits everyone to fail. And that’s a good thing.

The opportunity to fail is a privilege afforded to a narrow subset of Americans. Risk and reward are two …

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Instead of personal tax credits, everyone in Ireland could start each week with €75 ($84)

Give everyone €75 a week. All adults regardless of whether they are in employment or not, regardless of their …

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Basic Income as a Policy Lever: Can UBI Reduce Crime?

The idea of a universal basic income (UBI)—an unconditional payment, without means-test or work requirement—has recently seen a resurgence …

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Why Legendary Economists Have Liked Universal Basic Income.

Is socialism on the march in the U.S., as President Donald Trump warned in the State of the Union …

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Why ‘Universal Basic Services’ is no alternative to Basic Income

Free ‘universal basic services’ has recently been advocated as a better alternative to a basic income, on the grounds that …

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‘Universal Basic Income is the best way to distribute an equity stake in productivity’: James Felton Keith

New York’s first queer, black congressional candidate, James Felton Keith, tells The Sociable that a Universal Basic Income is …

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The right-wing case for basic income

Article orginally published on June 11, 2019 • The idea for a universal basic income, or UBI, is increasingly …

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Basic Income Has Always Been A Women’s Cause

Article originally published on May28th, 2019. The vibrant debate around the question of basic income has all too often …

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BASIC INCOME IN WALES – RSA & INDYCUBE

Book Here With prominent business and government leaders backing calls to implement Universal Basic Income (UBI), the idea is …

We’ve declared a climate emergency – here’s what universal basic income could do to help the planet

Article originally published on May 17, 2019. Governments around the world are declaring “climate and environmental emergencies” to highlight the …

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Could social security be the foundation for a growing basic income system?

Basic Income is everywhere these days. The idea that anyone could receive monthly payments to supplement–or even replace–their regular …

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Alberta could implement guaranteed basic income with no major new funding needed: report

Alberta could reduce poverty and introduce a guaranteed basic income with virtually no new funding by simply tweaking how …

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100,000 jobs could be lost to robots in Reading, PA over next 20 years.

Thousands of people could be put out of work by robots in reading in the next 20 years. Although …

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Event: 18th Annual North American Basic Income Congress in NYC, June 15-16, 2019

The 18th Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress will be held June 15-16, 2019 at the Silberman …

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Top 10 Basic Income Articles of 2018

As a moderator of the /r/BasicIncome subreddit, I read a lot of links every year about UBI, probably around …

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George McGovern Proposed a Universal Basic Income. It Didn’t Go Well for Him.

Proposing to give every American a basic income hurt George McGovern in 1972. Maybe it will work better for …

Newark to Test Universal-Basic-Income Program

Newark mayor Ras Baraka announced last week that the city will pursue a universal-basic-income pilot program that would provide …

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Obama and Bezos Could Make Basic Income Work

This week, former U.S. President Barack Obama tentatively endorsed the idea of a universal basic income. The fortune of …

Making quasi-sense of recent basic income initiatives

Last year, when the Finnish and Canadian trials were, respectively, not renewed and cancelled, the momentum behind universal basic …

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The BIG Library: Books About Basic Income

People consider me somewhat of an expert on the topic of basic income and so I’m frequently asked for …