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 the one in which A.I. would become smart enough to pen a bestselling book more adeptly than a human author could. Technological advancements have upended the transportation, manufacturing and retail sectors, rendering nearly half of the U.S. jobs that existed in the year 2020 obsolete. You’ve just had a surgery—a relatively minor, outpatient procedure performed by a surgical robot—and now you’re on your way to the

Income Inequality

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Chicago May Become Largest City In U.S. To Try Universal Basic Income

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is worried about the future. He is concerned that a coming wave of automation could …

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Universal Basic Income: Brexit-Voting Sheffield May Be England’s First Test

Sheffield, a 500,000-strong city that narrowly voted in favor of Brexit three years ago, could be the first city …

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A Nobel Prize winner in economics just backed basic income

Basic income is having a whirlwind year, and it was just galvanized even further by the support of Angus …

Pilots & Experiments

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Google and GiveDirectly are creating a rapid response team to immediately provide unconditional cash to victims of the next natural disaster

Every natural disaster is different, and how people respond in their aftermath is different, too. For aid groups that …

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The Future of Basic Income in Finland

The April 2019 elections in Finland saw a shift away from the status quo and the resulting government now …

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Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Alvin Tedjo is promising to revive their Basic Income Pilot Project if the party is elected in 2022

Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Alvin Tedjo is promising to revive the Universal Basic Income Project, which was cut by …

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County in California Looks at Basic Income for Young Adults

Recognizing that those leaving the Foster Care system are among the most vulnerable in Santa Clara County, Supervisor Dave …

The Social Debate

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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. …

Social Justice

Success Stories

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Finland’s basic income trial: A springboard for bolder experiments?

Finland’s flirtation with a basic income model will probably continue in some form, says a senior official at the …

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A pilot project to distribute basic income to poverty-stricken single African-American mothers in Mississippi.

This Sunday, all over America, little hands will prepare trays with bowls of cereal and small glasses of orange …

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A Canadian Guy on Basic Income – A Success Story

James Collura was a recipient of basic income in Ontario’s recently cancelled Basic Income Pilot experiment. This is his …

Why Universal Basic Income Works: GiveDirectly’s Program in Rural Kenya

Over the past decade, the implementation of universal basic income (UBI) programs has skyrocketed, and the concept has increasingly …

The Basics of UBI

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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 …

Workforce Automation

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Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs

The study, released Tuesday, shows technological advancements affect the genders nearly evenly. That finding upends the notion that automation hits …

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Code-breaking quantum computers are significantly closer to reality than anyone suspected

Many people worry that quantum computers will be able to crack certain codes used to send secure messages. The …

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Why are populists talking about trade instead of the tech revolution?

This week’s nightmare is the arrival of Boris Johnson; the autumn brings the Brexit watershed. Soon after, the 2020 …

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Universal Basic Income and the Philosophy of Freedom in the Age of Automation

“Work is the best remedy for any shock,” wrote Arthur C. Clarke in his classic novel, 2001: A Space Odyssey. …