Category: THE SOCIAL DEBATE

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Forget Shutdowns. It’s Demand Shock That’s Killing Our Economy.

Gyms, restaurants, and movie theaters are all reeling for the very same reason By: James Surowiecki On July 11, …

Canada’s Hugh Segal has been calling for a basic income guarantee for 50 years

This is a debate we should be having now, as the pandemic has caused the ground to shift on …

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What Is the Real Meaning of Dignity?

Few people appreciate the extraordinary impact human dignity has on our everyday lives. By: Donna Hicks Ph.D. At about …

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B.C. Greens pledge support for basic income, education system in election platform

By: Nick Wells in Vancouver. NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — B.C.’s Green party leader took aim at previous provincial governments …

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Women’s mental health deteriorating as Covid crisis forces people to work longer hours

Researchers sound the alarm that an impending recession and mass unemployment means we are heading into an unprecedented mental …

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EU-wide survey: 71% of Europeans now believe the state should provide all citizens a basic income

The COVID-19 pandemic is inspiring Europeans to think the previously unthinkable, according to a ground-breaking survey out today from a team …

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Former Fed Chair Says US Could Adopt an Annual Carbon Dividend Under Biden Administration

This may be the time for bi-partisan support that would involve a carbon tax with redistribution. “It’s not politically …

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Why Canada is now debating a basic income model

In the wake of the pandemic, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party is seeking to forge a more interventionist state. By: Aaron Burnett  This …

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UBI: A New Form Of Artistic Patronage?

By Diamond. — In her large colourful glasses, UBI activist Claudia Leduc does not look like someone who has suffered …

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Trump reverses course on coronavirus relief talks, dangles new $1,200 stimulus checks

Earlier Tuesday, the president seemed to kill stimulus talks, tweeting that there would be no deal until “after I …

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New policy paper in Kuwait proposes that a high universal basic income would make the economy more sustainable

Newly established Kuwaitimpakt.com, a gateway for public policy papers in Kuwait founded by Bensirri, today released an essay suggesting new solutions …

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Rising political star in South Korea pushing for UBI could become next president

By Jeong-Ho Lee and Sam Kim. — Record government spending triggered by the coronavirus in South Korea has helped send a maverick regional governor …

Campaigners call for a Universal Basic Income across Europe

A new project led by citizens aims to collect one million signatures in support of a radical welfare overhaul. …

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Is U.S. Welfare Policy Racist?

U.S. welfare policies have, from their very inception, been discriminatory. By: Alma Carten. — A recent UNICEF report found that the …

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Workers face increasing job insecurity as many are being paid but not actually working, have been laid off again, or have been told they could be laid off

New Cornell-JQI-RIWI Report reveals that the real-time jobs picture is worse than imagined. Real-time data collected by RIWI from …

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The debate on universal basic income has gained momentum in South Korea

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred a debate about guaranteeing basic income to all citizens.   By: SOTARO SUZUKI, Nikkei …

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‘Feels Like They Are Just Waiting for Us to Die’

‘Feels Like They Are Just Waiting for Us to Die’ On r/unemployment, a community of desperate people has stepped …

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Unemployment benefits do not reach most of the unemployed, but monthly stimulus payments can.

Unemployment Benefits Are Critical. But Families Need Direct Payments Too | Opinion WILLIAM E. SPRIGGS AND DORIAN T. WARRENON …

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How the UK welfare system discriminates against women

By: Lydia Godden – @Lydia_godden. Following 10 years of tory-driven austerity and the introduction of Universal Credit, our current …

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17 percent of Canadians now see basic income as their topmost issue

By: Kerri Breen. –   Canadians want Ottawa to stay focused on the coronavirus pandemic and the economy during the new session …

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The US Safety Net Is Degrading by Design

By Mimi Abramovitz, Deepak Bhargava and Tammy Thomas Miles. — The pandemic has thrown millions of people out of work while mean-spirited government …

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How the Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act could end poverty in the U.S.

By: Noah Berlatsky. — Earlier this month, Congress failed to pass Republicans’ $300 billion coronavirus economic relief bill. Democrats refused …

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A new study from Rwanda is the latest evidence for just providing people money

By: Kelsey Piper. — In the last decade, organizations working to improve the lives of people in poor countries have …

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A bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveiled a stimulus plan to send a 2nd round of $1,200 direct payments and reinstate federal unemployment benefits

By: Joseph Zeballos-Roig. — KEY TAKEAWAYS: A bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveiled a $1.5 trillion stimulus plan on …

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Guaranteed basic income becomes tops policy priority for Canada’s ruling party at upcoming national convention

Caucus is calling on government to adopt idea for consideration in November By: Joan Bryden. — A guaranteed basic …

Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev is serving as Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia

Could Russia introduce UBI? Former President Medvedev, now leader of governing United Russia, has just endorsed it.

By: Jonny Tickle. Russia’s largest party may be about to back the launch of a minimum guaranteed income for all …

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For many Americans work is something to endure, rather than celebrate

By: Chris Arnade  After spending eight years driving four hundred thousand miles to take 60,000 pictures of working class …

Michael Tubbs, mayor of Stockton, California, spearheaded Mayors for Guaranteed Income, a coalition of 17 mayors who support implementing a federal guaranteed income.

Why philanthropies play an important role in welfare innovation

By: Gregory Ferenstein — Tech-fueled philanthropy is responsible for one of the most promising new mental health innovations as the Food …

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Social and economic effects of the coronavirus spurring Puerto Rico to consider UBI

The social and economic effects of the coronavirus raise the alarm for Puerto Rico to seek a “new” solution …

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Over 110,000 Americans Died While Waiting to Qualify for Their Social Security Disability Benefits in the Last Decade

Americans waited an average of more than two years for benefits decisions from the government during the past decade. …

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice King makes pitch for universal basic income

The youngest child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said part of carrying on her father’s legacy is …

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Solving the Problem of Food Poverty Through Universal Basic Income

By: Alex Heffron — Food banks have stepped up to the plate in the austerity years, and throughout the …

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Support for UBI follows class/racial lines

Majority of black, Hispanic Americans support universal basic income; most whites oppose: poll By: Denis Balibouse  As support for …

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The US needs stimulus payments that automatically kick in during crises

By: Chris Hughes  It has been a dispiriting summer in Washington. In the middle of a pandemic, millions of …

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Coronavirus is pushing people into poverty – but temporary basic income can stop this

The rapid spread of COVID-19 across developing countries has led to a devastating loss of life and livelihoods. The pandemic is …

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Rutger Bregman on protest, privilege, and defunding the police

By: Niall Flynn — The Dutch historian has battled in favour of universal basic income and skewered tax-dodging billionaires at …

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‘Powerful in its simplicity’: As the pandemic endures, mayors call for guaranteed income

By: Ben Kesslen — Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said a guaranteed income is “probably the most powerful antidote for …

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The pandemic has brought into sharp relief just how many holes exist in the so-called social safety net

Many of the millions of Canadians who received support from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit during the pandemic are …

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Economic Justice Is Necessary to Stop Murders of Trans Women of Color

By: Imara Jones,  Even after this summer’s series of historic protests and marches led by trans women of color, …

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New poll shows support for UBI has grown from 43% to 55% since February 2019

SHOCK POLL: UBI support SKYROCKETS — NEW VIDEO by What America’s Thinking, on a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds a …

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Motion in the Canadian House of Commons to convert CERB into a permanent basic income guarantee

By Amber McGuckin  —- A Winnipeg MP is looking to convert the Canada Emergency Response Benefit into a permanent fixture. …

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Will Biden’s Kamala Harris Pick Give Boost To Monthly Stimulus Check Idea?

By: Zack Friedman —- Now that Joe Biden has picked Kamala Harris as his running mate, will you get …

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Joe Biden’s childcare plan will benefit working families—but basic income would help even more

Joe Biden’s childcare plan will benefit working families—but basic income would help even more BY: ELIZABETH PALLEY With his $775 …

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Why Bertrand Russell’s argument for idleness is more relevant than ever

Why Bertrand Russell’s argument for idleness is more relevant than ever By: Max Hayward We are used to thinking …

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Nearly one third of people that have gone back to work after being laid off during the coronavirus pandemic have lost their jobs again, study finds

Nearly one third of people that have gone back to work after being laid off during the coronavirus pandemic …

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Reality Check

Reality Check By: Gisele Huff, Founder and President of Fund for Humanity I despair. Because of the extraordinary, devastating …

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Nearly 30 million Americans reported not having enough food to eat in July

Nearly 30 million Americans told the Census Bureau they didn’t have enough to eat last week By Dakin Andone, …

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South Africa will not implement a basic income grant until at least next March

Lindiwe Zulu: No universal basic income grant for South Africa this year by Mfuneko Toyana South Africa will not …

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Hawaii is working on a universal basic income bill with feminist framing

The one place planning a ‘feminist economic recovery’ from Covid-19 ByJennifer Rigby Last month, a small collection of islands …

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The $600 unemployment bonuses did not lead to people working less, Yale study shows

The $600 unemployment bonuses did not lead to people working less, Yale study shows By: Evan Sully KEY TAKEAWAYS …

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How a basic income would help close the racial wealth gap and give Americans needed financial security

How a basic income would help close the racial wealth gap and give Americans needed financial security By: Amir …

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Opinion: To avoid the demand for ‘true socialism,’ Millennials need to be offered a better alternative – universal healthcare and UBI

OK Boomer, We’re Gonna Socialize You The pandemic is turning Millennials into socialists. We must make them a better …

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The $600 a week unemployment bonus has been a successful trial run for UBI

The unemployment bonus has been working, so why do Republicans want to slash it? By: Marguerite Ward. The federal …

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Amelia Womack leads campaign for universal basic income to support arts workers in UK

Amelia Womack leads campaign for universal basic income to support arts workers Chris Jarvis   Green Party of England …

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Temporary Basic Income to protect the world’s poorest people could slow the surge in COVID-19 cases, says UNDP

Temporary Basic Income to protect the world’s poorest people could slow the surge in COVID-19 cases, says UNDP   …

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Basic Income Could Virtually Eliminate Poverty in the United Kingdom at the Cost of £67 Billion Per Year or 3.4% of GDP

Basic Income Could Virtually Eliminate Poverty in the United Kingdom at the Cost of £67 Billion Per Year or …

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Senate GOP supports another round of stimulus checks to Americans: McConnell

Senate GOP supports another round of stimulus checks to Americans: McConnell The Majority Leader announced the move as talks …

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Secretary-General of the UN: New generation of social protection is needed – including universal basic income

UN chief: World ‘at the breaking point’ with vast inequality A new generation of social protection is needed – …

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Open letter from organizations representing 75,000 artists in Canada calls for a permanent basic income guarantee

A PUBLIC LETTER FROM THE ARTS COMMUNITY FOR A BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE 16 July 2020 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, …

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Study: Enhanced Unemployment Benefits Boosted Spending by 10% and Propped Up the U.S. Economy

Americans on COVID-19 jobless benefits spent more than when working, study shows by Jonnelle Marte (Reuters) – Americans who …

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A basic income guarantee for all Canadians could cost less in Canada than their emergency relief benefit

Basic Income Could Cost Less Than Money Spent On CERB: Watchdog The parliamentary budget officer looked at the cost …

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COVID-19 Is Helping Make Clear the Case for UBI

COVID-19 Is Helping to Make the Case for Universal Basic Income The pandemic has exposed the searing need for …

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Canada’s Senate Finance Committee concludes that in the wake of Covid-19, it’s time to consider a basic income guarantee

In the wake of Covid-19, time to consider basic income: Senate report Report calls for reforming emergency supports, restoring …

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South Africa May Become First Country to Implement a Permanent Basic Income

Government considering universal basic income grant for unemployed South Africans: Lindiwe Zulu BY ANDISIWE MAKINANA   The government is …

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Assistant Secretary-General of the UN: ‘UBI is needed as part of package that will help us get out of this yawning pit’

The case for a universal basic income by Kanni Wignaraja   Rule number one of crisis management: When you …

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Mayor of Greater Manchester calls for UBI to aid the UK’s recovery from coronavirus.

Universal basic income should be considered for recovery, says Burnham by Elliot Chappell   Andy Burnham has suggested that …

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156 economists sign open letter calling for monthly recurring cash stimulus payments for as long as necessary

‘An essential tool:’ 156 top economists call for recurring stimulus checks until the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic …

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UK Considers Universal Consumption Vouchers

Sunak considers £500 vouchers for all UK adults to spend in Covid-hit firms Chancellor urged to introduce a scheme …

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Bernie Sanders Calls on ‘Do-Nothing’ Senate to Approve $2,000 Monthly Stimulus Payments

Sanders Calls on ‘Do-Nothing’ Senate to Approve $2,000 Monthly Checks, Cancel Rent, and Expand Medicare “This I know: nothing …

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Assistance Secretary-General of the UN: ‘UBI is the best solution to stopping economies tipping over the edge’

Will a Universal Basic Income save post-pandemic Asia? Kanni Wignaraja, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, speaks exclusively to …

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UBI would revolutionize mothers’ lives, whose unpaid work keeps society going

Universal basic income would revolutionize mothers’ lives, whose unpaid work keeps society going by Maggie Gordon-Walker     There’s …

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How to build a better Canada after COVID-19: Transform CERB into a basic annual income program

How to build a better Canada after COVID-19: Transform CERB into a basic annual income program Gregory C Mason   This …

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UBI could help ease the transition to a climate-safe economy and weather the natural and economic storms to come

Should Environmentalists Embrace Universal Basic Income? Cash payments from the government could help ease the transition to a climate-safe …

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Former Prime Minister of New Zealand throws her support behind a guaranteed income as a buffer against loneliness and mental distress

Guaranteed minimum income needed to cure loneliness epidemic after COVID-19 – Helen Clark Foundation by Dan Satherley   Former …

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Why the coronavirus pandemic has increased support for Universal Basic Income

Why has the pandemic increased support for Universal Basic Income? by Daniel Nettle.   COVID-19 has led to a …

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Universal basic income and a four-day work week: the post-coronavirus world Wales’ future generations commissioner wants to see

A four-day week and universal basic income: the post-coronavirus world Wales’s future tsar wants to see UK-wide Sophie Howe …

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Study shows support for UBI has grown by 20% among those feeling financial impacts of COVID-19

How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Opening the Door to Universal Social Policies in the U.S. By CATHERINE THOMAS, DAVID …

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New study shows universal basic income could help the environment

A new study shows how a universal basic income could help the environment, too By AJ Dellinger   The concept …

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30% of Americans missed their housing payments in June

30% of Americans missed their housing payments in June by Alicia Adamczyk   As the United States continues to …

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To save the British economy, don’t just open shops – give people UBI to spend at them

To save the British economy, don’t just open shops – give people the cash to spend by Simon Jenkins …

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Two Months of ‘Recovery Universal Basic Income’ Proposed in Northern Ireland

PROPOSING A RECOVERY UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME FOR NORTHERN IRELAND   Sign our petition for a Recovery UBI for Northern …

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South Korea Considering Universal Basic Income Post-COVID

South Korea Mulls Universal Basic Income Post-COVID While the basic income movement is not new in South Korea, the …

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Universal Basic Income Is Key to U.K. Recovery, Think Tank Says

Universal Basic Income Is Key to U.K. Recovery, Think Tank Says By Lucy Meakin   The U.K. should introduce …

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The Economy Is Experiencing an Epic Collapse of Demand

Don’t Lose the Thread. The Economy Is Experiencing an Epic Collapse of Demand. A rip in the fabric of …

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Canada’s emergency response benefit gives recipient a taste of what he could contribute if basic income were implemented

Universal basic income could change more than how we work The emergency response benefit has given me a taste …

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Conservative National Review points to inevitability of UBI

‘When All Men Are Paid for Existing’: Universal Basic Income Has Arrived By JERRY BOWYER& CHARLES BOWYER  Such an expansion …

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Americans Need Recurring Federal Stimulus Payments Now

Americans Need Recurring Federal Stimulus Payments Now At least 25 to 30 Percent of Americans Now Have No Meaningful …

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The Coronavirus Crisis Exposed Gaps In Canada’s Social Programs. Now’s The Time To Fill Them

The Coronavirus Crisis Exposed Gaps In Canada’s Social Programs. Now’s The Time To Fill Them. Canada’s welfare state flourished …

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Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang lead the call for monthly coronavirus stimulus payments

Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang lead the call for monthly coronavirus stimulus payments BY REY MASHAYEKHI The nation is …

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Pro-UBI Candidates Broihier and Booker Take on McGrath in Kentucky’s Only Senate Primary Debate

McGrath takes on Booker and Broihier in only scheduled Democratic U.S. Senate debate By Aaron Gershon and Al Cross …

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Coronavirus could end the UK’s Universal Credit and usher in Universal Basic Income, report says

A new report warns the current welfare system is “unlikely to survive” in the long term. By Nick Tyrrell …

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$6 Trillion Should Bail Out People, Not Companies

Help Americans through the coronavirus crisis, and they will keep essential businesses going. By Nir Kaissar and  Timothy L. O’Brien …

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Interview with Humanist Social Reformer Tony Robinson

Interview with Humanist Social Reformer Tony Robinson by David Andersson   Our humanity is facing one of the most profound challenges we have ever faced. We find ourselves in uncharted …

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Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian government ministers are calling for the creation of a European minimum income system

Portugal/Spain/Italy: Ministers seek European minimum income by Lusa   “We have to ensure that all people are guaranteed the …

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Why universal basic income could help us fight the next wave of economic shocks

Why universal basic income could help us fight the next wave of economic shocks by John Harris Until six …

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Health professionals across Canada have banded together calling on Justin Trudeau and Cabinet to implement a basic income.

Health professionals across Canada have banded together calling on Justin Trudeau and Cabinet to implement a basic income. Posted …

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Petition Calling for $2,000 Monthly Stimulus Checks for Adults and $1,000 For Kids Surpasses 1 Million Signatures

Petition Calling for $2,000 Monthly Stimulus Checks for Americans Surpasses 1 Million Signatures BY JENNI FINK   Democratic senators proposed …

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Universal Basic Income or Job Guarantee? Maybe Both?

Supporters set these programs at odds, but they can work together to mitigate a crisis and provide basic dignity …

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Food security expert calls for universal basic income amid increase in food bank usage

Expert calls for universal income amid increase in food bank usage BY MARTIN MACMAHON   TORONTO (NEWS 1130) — An …

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Survey by OnePoll of 2,000 Americans shows 82% support monthly stimulus payments until the crisis is over

Three In Four Americans Agree Universal Healthcare Is Needed During Coronavirus Pandemic by Jacob Roshgadol More than eight in …

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How Will UBI Affect Non-Profits?

Universal Basic Income Getting More Notice In Wake Of COVID-19 Crisis by Mark Hrywna Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) …

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: U.S. President Donald Trump's name appears on the coronavirus economic assistance checks that were sent to citizens across the country April 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. The initial 88 million payments totaling nearly $158 billion were sent by the Treasury Department last week as most of the country remains under stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Next Stimulus Package Should Pay Americans Directly Until the Pandemic Ends

No more bureaucratic nightmares. Personal checks until the pandemic ends is the only way to proceed. By KEVIN BOYD …

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The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?

In a crisis, what was once unthinkable can suddenly become inevitable. We’re in the middle of the biggest societal …

Central bank interventions in the pandemic economy are unprecedentedly vast—and not nearly enough

Argument: Terminal Deflation Is Coming BY TREVOR JACKSON   Public health efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic have brought about …

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B.C. explores universal basic income for post-pandemic world

B.C. explores universal basic income for post-pandemic world By Rob Shaw VICTORIA — Mass unemployment and the shutdown of …

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HEROES Act Proposal – $1,200 Stimulus Check For Individuals And Up To $6,000 For Families

HEROES Act Proposal – $1,200 Stimulus Check For Individuals And Up To $6,000 For Families By Ryan Guina   …

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The Moment to Change the World is Right Now

The Moment to Change the World Is Right Now BY RUTGER BREGMAN MAY 7, 2020   How will the coronavirus …

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New Poll Shows 60% of Iowa Democrats Support an Emergency $2,000 a Month UBI

SAN FRANCISCO May 11, 2020 The Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the understanding, acceptance, …

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$2,000 Per Person Plus $2,000 Per Child: Senate’s Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act Would Send Payments To Over 90% Of Americans

$2,000 Per Person Plus $2,000 Per Child: Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act Would Send Payments To Over 90% Of …

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71 Percent of Europeans Now Believe the State Should Provide UBI

European opinions revealed in our special survey Conducted in March 2020 by the eupinions project of the Bertelsmann Foundation – read more …

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Opinion: Why Americans Need a Basic Income Guarantee

The pandemic makes painfully clear that our economy must be reconfigured to be resilient in the face of disruption …

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Will the Coronavirus Lead to a New New Deal?

The New Great Depression Is Coming. Will There Be a New New Deal? After the coronavirus, political transformation may …

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Coronavirus prompts Scotland’s first minister to make UBI a policy priority

The “time has come” for universal basic income (UBI) in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Speaking at the daily coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, …

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Support In Congress Grows For Monthly $2000 Stimulus Check Bill

A bill to provide monthly payments of $2,000 to Americans within a certain age and income bracket, proposed by …

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Should Cash Transfers Used as an Emergency Response Be Universal or Targeted?

TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020 Unforeseen shocks, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2008-09 global financial crisis, or a natural …

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One $1200 stimulus check won’t cut it

Opinion: One $1,200 stimulus check won’t cut it. Give Americans $2,000 a month tax-free to fire up the economy Published: …

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The Efficiency of Cash Payments is a Conservative Principle

The Republican support for emergency cash payments as a central part of CARES Act, the recently passed coronavirus relief package, …

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UBI could begin the cultural shift of uncoupling moral worth from employment

Todd* is a trim 45-year-old, but when he walks into the upscale diner where we are meeting, his shoulders …

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Automatic Boost to Communities Act Proposes $2,000 Payment Plus $1,000 Monthly Until 1 Year After Crisis Ends

The CARES Act provided many Americans with financial relief in the form of a $1,200 stimulus check. But as …

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Speaker Pelosi: Perhaps Guaranteed Income is Now Worthy of Attention

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers may need to think of different ways to put money in Americans’ pockets if …

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Poverty Is All About Personal Stress, Not Laziness

The nature of poverty in rich countries has changed. The sort of material deprivation common in developing nations is …

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Chamath Palihapitiya: We’ve ‘ripped the philosophical band-aid off’ on universal basic income

Key Points Chamath Palihapitiya said the United States should implement universal basic income as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact …

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Over 100 UK MPs Publish Letter in the Financial Times in Support of UBI

Interim acting co-leader of the Lib Dems, Sir Ed Davey MP, has today signed a cross-party letter to the Chancellor …

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Trudeau Says Making CERB Universal Isn’t As ‘Simple’ As It Sounds

OTTAWA — Making the Canada Emergency Response Benefit universal isn’t as simple as it sounds, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau …

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Stacey Abrams, Cory Booker and Andrew Yang announce push to provide direct cash payments to SNAP recipients

(CNN) – Stacey Abrams joined forces Andrew Yang on Tuesday to announce the launch of a new campaign aimed at providing $1,000 in …

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Coronavirus crisis may prompt policymakers to seriously consider pros, cons of universal basic income, says Stanford scholar

Until now, universal basic income – a concept that would give all members of society an unconditional, guaranteed cash …

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MSNBC’s Ali Velshi: Universal Basic Income is the Solution

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on how universal basic income will protect Americans as automation shrinks the workforce, especially those living …

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Declaring a National Emergency, Japan Responds with a Fully Universal 100,000 Yen ($930) Stimulus Check to All Citizens

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a nationwide state of emergency, expanding the one put in place less than …

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House Democrats introduce plan to pay most Americans $2,000 a month until economy recovers from COVID-19

Charles Davis Apr 15, 2020, 1:47 AM The Emergency Money for the People Act, introduced by Reps. Tim Ryan …

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Poll: 77 Percent of Democrats and 52 Percent of Republicans Now Support an Emergency UBI of $2000

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT MONTHLY CASH ASSISTANCE TO OFFSET PANDEMIC DAMAGE TO ECONOMY New polling finds strong bipartisan support …

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America’s obsession with keeping aid from the undeserving is making a bad economic crisis worse

APRIL 9, 2020 Mehrsa Baradaran Author of The Color of Money To err is human; wanting to punish those who …

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Has the time finally come for universal basic income?

In the past few weeks, calls for a universal basic income have been louder than ever. Even the US …

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Financial Times Editorial Board Calls for Basic Income to Reverse the Policy Direction of the Last Four Decades

If there is a silver lining to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is that it has injected a sense of …

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Basic Income in a Pandemic and Beyond

Politicians who represent the interests of capital clearly grasp the point that a UBI would tilt the playing field …

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We need to get money to everyone, and we need to improve how they get it too

To battle the economic crash from the coronavirus pandemic, Congress is sending Americans cash. The deal just hammered out will …

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Meet universal basic income’s unlikely Bay Area evangelist

Gisele Huff is convinced universal basic income is finally having its moment. The 84-year-old French native and San Francisco …

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The $1,200 coronavirus checks, explained

After a week of Congress members and the Trump administration proposing various plans to get cash into the hands of …

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City in South Korea begins paying anti-disaster basic income to residents

Jeonju, a southwestern South Korean city, said Friday it will pay half a million won each to about 50,000 …

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President of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve: Carpet Bomb the Country with Money

Planet Money: Episode 982 TRANSCRIPT  UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER, BYLINE: This is PLANET MONEY from NPR. JACOB GOLDSTEIN, HOST: Back in …

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51 percent of voters now support $2,000 a month of emergency UBI

The threat of Coronavirus has shocked the world. From the availability of medical supplies to the feeling of safety …

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Democrats’ destructive obsession with means testing

ne of the strangest spectacles in the economic scramble to respond to the coronavirus crisis is that Republicans seem …

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Why more than 500 political figures and academics globally have called for universal basic income in the fight against coronavirus

We, a growing group of now over 500 academics and public figures on all continents, have signed the following …

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How to Respond to the Coronavirus Economic Emergency

The coronavirus is an economic emergency. But it does not have to become an economic catastrophe. It is very …

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demands the government distribute a universal basic income and implement ‘Medicare for all’ to fight the coronavirus

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers are calling for a significantly more robust federal-government response to the coronavirus …

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As coronavirus recession threatens, economists recommend cash for people

The White House is preparing to meet with Wall Street executives to discuss measures to protect the economy from …

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Basic income in case of disaster suggested in South Korea

By Kim Rahn An entrepreneur has called on the government to provide every citizen with 500,000 won ($413) in …

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Congress should send you $1,000—and another $500 for each of your children—as soon as possible because of the coronavirus

Congress should send you $1,000—and another $500 for each of your children—as soon as possible.   Given the mounting …

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In response to COVID-19, Japan is going to start paying parents $80 a day to stay home from work and take care of their kids

Japan’s government says it will pay up to about 80 dollars per person per day to businesses as income …

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Pro-UBI Republican joins the US Senate race in Montana

STEVENSVILLE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) now has some competition for the primary election come June 2. But …

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Hong Kong to provide $1280 stimulus check to all permanent residents over 18

Hong Kong (CNN Business) —Hong Kong is handing most of its residents a pile of cash to spend as …

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Namibia commissions feasibility study to determine if it can implement basic income

The Namibian government has commissioned a feasibility study meant to determine whether the country can introduce a basic income …

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Humanity needs to make some drastic changes

Bad news, Earthlings: It may be possible for everyone on the planet to live a “good” life. It may …

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Universal basic income is gaining ground in some cities

NEWARK, N.J. — Local leaders across the United States are turning to private donors to fund an out-of-the-box policy …

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Is UBI in New York City’s future?

We’re down to single digits. Eight Democratic presidential candidates remain after three dropped out this week: Senator Michael Bennet …

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Push for UBI continues on

Andrew Yang’s bid for the Democratic nomination is over, but supporters of his basic income policy say his campaign …

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Child poverty shames the United States. The richest country in the world counts one in five of its children …

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Child Poverty is a Moral Tragedy

Nearly 1 in 5 American children is officially poor. That’s roughly 15 million kids. But the number living with …

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Ireland Green Party manifesto features universal basic income

A universal basic income, free public transport for students and light rail systems for Cork and Galway are amongst the promises …

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“We’re riding a century-old measurement off a cliff”

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says the main way of measuring economic growth — known as gross domestic product …

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Candidate for Canada’s Conservative Party leadership has declared his support for a basic income guarantee

OTTAWA — When it comes to potential candidates for Conservative leadership, Bryan Brulotte isn’t exactly an outsider. He’s been …

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An inside look at Australia’s work-for-welfare system from three caseworkers

About 400,000 unemployed Australians are obliged to engage with Jobactive, the government’s main employment services program, in order to …

Alvin Tedjo, former Liberal candidate for the provincial riding of Oakville North-Burlington and Liberal leadership candidate, argues basic income is the best way to fight poverty and promises to return it to Ontario if he becomes premier. - Graham Paine , Torstar

Ontario’s Alvin Tedjo states that if he were premier, he would implement a basic income guarantee state-wide

In 2017, the proposed Ontario Basic Income Pilot (“OBIP”) gave hope to communities that have struggled with rising unemployment …

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Germany just guaranteed unemployed citizens around $330 per month indefinitely. The policy is a step closer to basic income.

For about 15 years, Germany offered a social assistance benefit that was widely considered the opposite of basic income. …

India’s Former Chief Economic Adviser Recommends UBI to Boost Consumption

Former Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian on Friday said there is no space for expansionary fiscal policy and opined …

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Mitt Romney and Michael Bennet just unveiled a basic income plan for kids

On Sunday, Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced a bipartisan plan to do something pretty extraordinary: …

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The great Indian basic income debate

Basic income is becoming a real and tangible policy consideration in India. In the past decade, many prominent Indian …

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Where are the 2020 democratic candidates on Universal Basic Income?

I am a volunteer soccer coach for underprivileged kids in the impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Every morning …

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Stay-at-Home Parents Work Hard. Should They Be Paid?

It’s not uncommon in the United States for two parents to spend long hours working hard — but the …

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New food insecurity research says it’s black and white and not pretty

Many of us working in food security recognize that a large portion of the folks who engage with our …

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Opinion: What is missing from the UBI debate is the perspective of the poor

In this piece for the Dissident Voice, Andrew Johnson argues that people claiming UBI creates a disincentive to work …

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Universal Benefits: More Liberal and More Efficient than Employer Benefits

Early liberals focused on dismantling de jure social hierarchies and mercantilist policies, but the onset of the Industrial Revolution …

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Gallup survey of 10,000 adults shows three-quarters of the UK and Canada now support UBI and almost half in the US

STORY HIGHLIGHTS 43% of Americans support a universal basic income program 77% of U.K. adults and 75% of Canadians …

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Support for UBI in the US has grown from 43% to 49% in the past seven months according to new HarrisX poll

Support for universal basic income (UBI) is on the rise, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll released on Wednesday. …

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Four parties took the stage in Manitoba to debate disability issues and all but one pitched some form of basic income

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives wouldn’t commit to a guaranteed basic income for people living with disabilities like their political opponents …

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The Complicated Politics of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend

What if we just give people money? This is the question propelling several new books and that’s been taken …

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Basic Income March planned on October 26 in New York City with satellite marches in Berlin and Amsterdam

On October 26th, 2019, people will be taking to the streets in New York City, Berlin, and Amsterdam to …

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Why everyone deserves a right to recreation

What is it about Americans that makes us so afraid of admitting that people ought to have free time …

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Opinion: Musicians Should Support Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income has been a term bandied about in the news and across the internet in the last …

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75 Years After Bretton Woods, Women Are Beginning to Win the Fight for Better Economic Indicators Than GDP

It’s time to talk about women’s economics with attitude. It’s time to laugh at what is often absurd and …

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Opinion: Central Banks Should Consider Creating Money for Everyone

In this opinion piece for the Financial Times, Eric Lonergan says that one potential solution central banks around the …

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Universal Basic Income could break the cycle of violence

Whenever someone tells me if “poor” people had more money, we could stop the killings, I want to scream. …

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Universal Basic Income could be a powerful way to recognize and enable civic engagement

“We’re seeing voter turnout decline across developed nations, in some of them really quite rapidly, says Daniel Park, who …

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Fifty Years Later, Reflecting on the Defeat of Nixon’s Family Assistance Plan

Guest Editorial by Almaz Zelleke, Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science, NYU Shanghai Fifty years ago, on August …

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Opinion: How Unconditional Basic Income Could Benefit the Vegan Movement

Here vegan activist Megan Barker makes the case that the lack of unconditional basic income (UBI) is an obstacle …

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Opinion: Universal Basic Income is Superior to a $15 Minimum Wage

In this piece, author Jessica Flanigan makes the case that UBI is a better solution than raising the minimum …

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Basic Income March planned for September 21, 2019 in New York City

New Yorkers are organizing a march for Basic Income. Everyone who can get there is invited to join. The …

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America is failing at providing economic dignity, and universal basic income is perhaps one policy that can change that

For years, the government of Bhutan has enshrined gross national happiness as its guiding light. Though national leaders had …

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Higher taxes on the wealthy and on business should be introduced to fund universal basic income and other measures to combat poverty

Up to €3 billion a year in higher taxes on the wealthy and on business should be introduced to …

Want to Help Gary, Indiana? Why Not Just Give Them Money?

The Tribune’s coverage of suspected serial killer Darren Deon Vann is accompanied by dramatic photos—not of blood and gore, …

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Student Debt Is Stopping U.S. Millennials from Becoming Entrepreneurs

Article originally published April 26, 2019. Up to 60% of millenials (soon to be the largest living adult generation) …

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib introduces new bill that’s very close to being a universal basic income proposal

This article was orginally published on June, 6 2019. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has released a plan to spend …

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An Anarchist Case for UBI

There’s a common misconception that the idea of universal basic income is an example of bigger government, but as …

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Why a governmental inquiry into endemic violence against women recommends a basic income for all Canadians as a call for justice

Article originally published on 6/11/2019. Cee-Jai got used to violence when she was young, first witnessing it when she …

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The Radical Plan to Save the Planet by Working Less

Article originally published on May 29 2019. In 1972, a team at MIT published The Limits to Growth, a …

A Carbon Dividend Is Better than a Carbon Tax

Mark Paul and Anthony Underwood make the case that the revenue from carbon taxation needs to be returned as …

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With artificial intelligence looming, debate over ‘basic income’ heats up

When Canadian researchers Evelyn Forget and Marni Brownell speak at Stanford University next Tuesday, May 21, they’ll be wading …

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New research suggests the EITC isn’t very effective at encouraging the poor to enter the labor force.

The earned income tax credit is the leading example of smart centrist policy. In the 1980s and early 1990s, …

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Feminist Theory, Gender Inequity, and Basic Income

Almaz Zelleke is Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science at NYU Shanghai and the Co-Area Leader for its …

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Meet the doctor who prescribes money to low-income patients

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Why a conservative Alaskan Governor promotes a Universal Basic Income

In this opinion piece for The Alaska Landmine, guest contributor RJ makes the case that the new governor of …

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The Future of the Labor Movement Rests on the Achievement of Unconditional Basic Income

Today is May Day and International Workers Day and Labour Day, and beyond recognizing the past victories of the …

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As an artist, a Basic Income would transform my life

Scottish artist Jenny Lupton details the difficulties she finds trying to sustain a living through her art and passion, …

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‘I’m not a UBI guy’: Paul Krugman says money could be better spent on more targeted programs

Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman says he is “not a UBI guy.” He says universal basic income is not politically …

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Everyone’s Talking About Basic Income. Here Are 8 Problems It Could Fix

Standing is a professorial research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and …

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Universal Basic Income: 170K Young Koreans Will Get $883 to Spend Locally

A radical new scheme plans to give 24-year-olds in one South Korean province a universal basic income with hardly …

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Getting rid of debt may actually make your brain work better

A new study has a whole different take on what debt relief means. Getting rid of debt doesn’t just …

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Green New Deal: universal basic income could make green transition feasible

Within ten years, the US will phase out fossil fuels and source its energy from 100% renewable sources. That’s …

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Universal basic income ‘would cost less than value of benefit cuts since 2010’.

Introducing a weakly universal basic income(UBI) for everyone in Britain would have a net cost worth less than the …

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Can a Canna-Basic Income Work in Maryland?

We have seen cannabis revenues fill state coffers for a variety of purposes, such as education and school construction …

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$1,000 monthly in universal basic income gets put to a test

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is putting his money where his mouth is: He’s giving families $1,000 a month …

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Plan to pay 1,000 residents $1,000 a month—no strings attached.

Each month, 1,000 struggling Chicagoans would get $1,000, no strings attached, to help break the cycle of poverty, under …

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13 million people in poverty are disconnected from the social safety net. Most of them are white.

More than a quarter of the people living in poverty in the United States receive no help from food …

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What Money Can Buy

The idea that a country should provide its citizens with an infusion of cash on a regular basis has …

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Three reasons for universal basic income

From Mongolia to Finland to India, we are seeing heightened interest in the idea of a universal basic income …