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 new decade, but you could be excused for not noticing. Usually publications and writers are falling over themselves to mark such a temporal landmark, to draw all sorts of conclusions about the preceding period and what’s to come, but we’ve passed from the Teens of the 21st century into the Twenties with little more than a desultory nod to the date.

Income Inequality

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Pilots & Experiments


Will robots take your job?

(An alternate version of this article was originally published in the Boston Globe) On December 2nd, 1942, a team …

The Social Debate


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, …


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 …


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, …


‘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 …

Social Justice

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Success Stories

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The Basics of UBI


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 …

Unemployed Giuseppe Calafiore stands outside a tax assistance centre where he has applied for the new

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 …

Workforce Automation

In this Thursday, May 24, 2018, photo a Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot is walks through a conference room during a robotics summit in Boston. It's never been clear whether robotics company Boston Dynamics is making killing machines, household helpers, or something else entirely. But the secretive firm, which for nine years has unnerved viewers with YouTube videos of robots that jump, gallop or prowl like animal predators, is starting to emerge from a quarter-century of stealth. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Job losses and flat wages caused by automation in manufacturing states influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election

The robots are coming, and they’re bearing pizzas – or soon will be. In a pilot program that could …


Amazon’s warehouse-worker tracking system can automatically pick people to fire without a human supervisor’s involvement

• Amazon employs a system that not only tracks warehouse workers’ productivity but also can automatically generate the paperwork …


The Future of Work Could Bring More Inequality, Social Tensions

VIEW THE VIDEO HERE Almost half of all jobs could be wiped out or radically altered in the next …


Tesla Robo Taxis: How Elon Musk Says They Will Work — and When

Tesla has imbued its cars with the hardware necessary to become fully self-driving. Now, it wants to make it …