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Rep. Ilhan Omar calls on Biden to back recurring cash payments until economy recovers

Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted this week that she was “circulating a letter to Biden” pushing for recurring payments. By …

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Democrats drafting plan to give parents $250 to $300 per month per child

Biden earlier this month announced his intention to push for an expansion of the child tax credit as part of his …

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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 …

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How the American Unemployment Assistance System Failed

A decline in funding and changes in the workplace — and how long people are out of work — …

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Meet the mayors pushing for basic income in 30 cities across the U.S.

Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, sometimes called “MGI,” was founded in June 2020 by founded by then-mayor of Stockton, …

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Direct cash payments have been critical for Colorado families — Congress must pass more

Coloradans need real relief now. The more we can do to support struggling families and help boost our local …

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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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A $2,000 Check Is a Good Start, but Struggling Americans Need $2,000 Every Month

Dr. King taught us that direct cash payments are a smart response to poverty and mass unemployment. In this …

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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 …

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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 …

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Providing workers with UBI did not reduce the amount of effort they put into their work, according to a lab experiment conducted by Spanish economists

Universal Basic Income did not disincentivize people from working. The results of this study contradict one of the most …

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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 …

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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 …

Opinion: The Democrats’ victory in Georgia was a vote for cash assistance.

Prioritizing direct monthly payments isn’t just good policy—it’s good politics. By: Sean Kline and Jim Pugh “It’s not hyperbole, you can …

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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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Andrew Yang Officially Announces Candidacy for NYC Mayor

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, a former presidential contender, officially declared his run for New York City mayor. In a …

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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 Creator Economy Needs a Middle Class

By: Li Jin Summary: Right now, the creative economy relies on platforms like YouTube and Instagram and it looks a …

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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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Yang’s Humanity Forward wants $2,000 coronavirus relief checks split into four monthly payments of $500

But Biden, who’s expected to offer more details of his plan Thursday, seems inclined to get the funds distributed …

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How Universal Basic Income Could Save Lives in a Pandemic

Emergency benefits showed the value of ensuring all Canadians are guaranteed enough money to meet basic needs. Opinion by: …

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Pandemic fatigue is more about lack of sufficient resources than lack of personal responsibility

Terms like “covidiots” have become almost as familiar as “pandemic fatigue,” feeding into a widespread narrative of blame whereby …

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65% of Europeans want governments to put in place a Universal Basic Income

A new poll by WeMove and YouGov shows that around two-thirds of Europeans want governments to put in place a …

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65% of Americans support monthly $2,000 COVID stimulus payments, new poll shows

Sixty-five percent of respondents say they’d support recurring $2,000 checks, an idea still advocated by Sens. Ed Markey and …

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2021 Will Be the Year of Guaranteed Income Experiments

At least 11 U.S. cities are piloting UBI programs to give some of their residents direct cash payments, no …

©Carolyn Kaster/AP President-elect Joe Biden speaks in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, as he campaigns for Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

Biden says electing Georgia’s Ossoff and Warnock would lead to $2,000 stimulus checks

“The debate over $2,000 isn’t some abstract debate in Washington, it’s about real lives. Your lives, the lives of …

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A high school in New Orleans is providing $50 a week to seniors. Here’s what’s happened so far.

A study released this year by UNICEF and the Overseas Development Institute found that high-income countries can see a 5% drop …

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Towards a post-toil world

OP-ED: Can the Covid-19 pandemic bring us out of the vicious cycle of working ourselves to death? By: Mohammad …

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Joe Biden’s Administration Has Discussed Recurring Relief Checks with Andrew Yang’s Non-Profit

HIGHLIGHTS The press secretary for Andrew Yang’s Humanity Forward organization told Insider that the group has discussed potential recurring …

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New poll shows 58% of Australia now support a permanent UBI

A majority of Australians would welcome a universal basic income, survey finds Key points: 58 per cent of Australians …

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Equity union demands Basic Income Guarantee for Creative Workers

Gaps in the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme have left many Equity members …

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‘Liberate our imagination’: Taiwan holds first basic income march

There is a real possibility to implement basic income in Taiwan. Sometimes, great change happens first in small places. …

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A group of 17 progressive Democrats is pushing for $2,000 stimulus checks to be in the next coronavirus relief package

By: Joseph Zeballos-Roig HIGHLIGHTS: A group of progressive Democrats recently sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to …

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Andrew Yang jumps into Hill debate to press for bipartisan stimulus checks deal

The one-time presidential candidate and tech entrepreneur has lobbied dozens of lawmakers in support of UBI in this time …

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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 …

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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Columbia, South Carolina announces two-year basic income pilot focused on fathers

One hundred fathers in a South Carolina city will be paid $500 monthly for two years as part of …

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Ilhan Omar Leads Letter Calling for Additional Relief Checks in Next COVID-19 Package

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) led a letter to House and Senate leadership calling for the inclusion of relief checks …

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Basic income hailed as key in kickstarting the economy in a post-pandemic Canada

A new report by Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA) makes a strong case for utilizing a basic income as …

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Kenya trial examines effect of universal basic income during pandemic

Unique new research is looking at the effects of UBI during a pandemic by analyzing data from a massive …

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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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Why Joe Biden Can Stop Worrying and Start Spending Like Crazy

The country is in desperate need of a massive economic recovery program. The incoming administration shouldn’t hold back. By: …

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Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary on COVID-19 stimulus: Give American people checks, ‘stop funding companies’

O’Leary said the government should “stop funding companies” and bail out Americans instead. UBI is the answer. By: Alexis …

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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 …

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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 …

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Prince Edward Island Special Committee on Poverty Calls for Implementation of a Basic Income Guarantee

One Canadian province is advocating UBI for its population to serve as a test case for all of Canada. …

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Stop preserving doomed jobs and bring in Universal Basic Income

Are we preserving jobs that will disappear in the next few years? Thomas Hannah (LSE) and Rocco Friebel (LSE) argue that the Job …

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Universal cash grant in response to COVID-19 is strengthening the economy in Guyana

By: Alexis Rodney The $4.5 billion set aside by the Government for COVID-19 relief cash grant distribution is finding …

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An EU citizens’ initiative is urging the European Commission to take up the issue of UBI

Views on a guaranteed basic income vary drastically across Europe — some see it as a springboard, while others …

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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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More than 125 economists are now urging a second stimulus check

From the time COVID hit the U.S., politicians have continually failed to support citizens with new stimulus payments. The …

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Pope Francis in new book says pandemic should spur governments to permanently implement UBI

The pope outlines several new programs such unconditional payments, including compensating unpaid caretakers and “informal workers” to respond to …

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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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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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Unions want coronavirus support to become a permanent basic income grant for South Africa

Unions want R350 coronavirus support to become a permanent basic income grant for South Africa. Can it become permanent? …

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Glasgow City Treasurer to call for universal basic income trial support

City Treasurer Ricky Bell wants Glasgow to be at the “front of the queue” for a universal basic income …

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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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Calls for Universal Basic Income increase as government support fails those most in need

Millions of people have fallen through the cracks of the government’s support packages. Has the moment for UBI finally …

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A Monthly Basic Income Changed This German’s Life, and Then the Lives of 650 Others

Michael Bohmeyer’s website, “My Basic Income,” has given randomly selected people almost $1,200 a month for a year to …

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Five-Year Basic Income Pilot Launches in Hudson, NY

HudsonUP, founded by The Spark of Hudson and the Humanity Forward Foundation, will disburse $500 payments to 25 participants …

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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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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, …

800 Compton residents to get guaranteed income in two-year pilot program

There’s a need for additional income, especially with the pandemic resulting in record high numbers of unemployment especially for …

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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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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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Has guaranteed basic income’s time arrived in Canada?

As people’s livelihoods have been thrown into upheaval amid the pandemic, public desire for a stronger safety net has …

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Economic Fallout From COVID-19 Continues To Hit Lower-Income Americans the Hardest

Half of adults who say they lost a job due to the coronavirus outbreak are still unemployed By: KIM PARKER, RACHEL …

Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung proposed a basic income of 500,000 won ($430) a year per person this year. (Photo by Sotaro Suzuki)

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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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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Opinion: It’s time the entire continent of Africa rolled out universal basic income

By: Stella Wamae. — ______________________________________________ Key stats: Africa, with a median age of 19.5, accounts for 16.72 per cent of …

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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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How the Finland Experiment Has Newly Informed the Basic Income Debate

As income inequality and economic upheaval take center stage, is a guaranteed minimum income worth considering? Results from a …

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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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Basic income could virtually eliminate poverty in the UK at an annual cost of 3.4% of GDP

Intuition is wrong when it comes to calculating the true cost of basic income – the UK can easily …

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

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Andrew Yang’s nonprofit is partnering with the $1K Project to bring $1,000 direct monthly payments to struggling US families

Andrew Yang’s nonprofit is partnering with the $1K Project to bring $1,000 direct monthly payments to struggling US families …

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Santa Clara County foster youth begin receiving $1,000 a month in basic income

Santa Clara County foster youth begin receiving $1,000 a month By: Katie Lauer Paid rent, a full stomach and …

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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Universal Basic Income Fixes the Problem of People Not Having Enough Money to Not Be Poor

Give a Buck is Mashable’s deep dive into Universal Basic Income — an idea gaining currency in a time of …

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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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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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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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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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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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Andrew Yang creates new organization focused on data privacy, UBI, and the future of work

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang today launched Humanity Forward, a nonprofit organization intended to embody the spirit of the …

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Andrew Yang has dropped out of the race for president but UBI is here to stay

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Andrew Yang — the unknown entrepreneur turned Democratic presidential candidate — is ending his presidential …

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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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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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Andrew Yang puts his universal basic income plan to the test

Chad Sziszak didn’t believe it at first. He got an email from Andrew Yang’s campaign that he would receive …

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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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A charity dropped a massive stimulus package on rural Kenya — and transformed the economy

For about a decade now, the charity GiveDirectly has been distributing cash straight to poor residents in sub-Saharan Africa, starting in …

Every dollar given to a household boosts local GDP by $2.60

Unconditional handouts benefit recipients—and their neighbours too

Economists have long argued that people should give each other money rather than gifts, since it is hard to …

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Mayor Of Stockton, Calif., Discusses Universal Basic Income Program Results

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: What would you do with an extra 500 bucks a month, no strings attached? Well, thanks …

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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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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 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 …

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 3: Entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang exits the stage after speaking at the National Action Network's annual convention, April 3, 2019 in New York City. A dozen 2020 Democratic presidential candidates will speak at the organization's convention this week. Founded by Rev. Al Sharpton in 1991, the National Action Network is one of the most influential African American organizations dedicated to civil rights in America. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Is Andrew Yang being unfairly ignored?

(CNN) Quick. Tell me the six highest-polling Democrats in the 2020 Democratic race. The first few are easy: Joe …

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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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A solution for childhood obesity? Universal basic income

First published on May 31, 2019 A new study links an extra $1,000 a year paid through Alaska’s Permanent …

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Testimony of Kenya’s basic income beneficiaries

After the article “A Critical Poverty Eradication Experiment in Kenya”, published in the last issue of the BIEN News …

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Lessons from a one-family basic income demonstration

Chuck Fassi, 49, a self-described introvert with a heavy New England accent, has spent much of the past two …

Universal basic income vs jobs guarantees: which one will make us happier?

Two competing (or, possibly, complementary?) proposals for resolving income inequality and the hole that four decades of demand-side Reaganomics …

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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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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 …

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Why we should all have a basic income.

Consider for a moment that from this day forward, on the first day of every month, around $1,000 is …

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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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Nixon-era proposal to give “basic income” to all people springs back to life

Andy Stern spent his career organizing service workers, fighting for higher wages and improving working conditions as head of …

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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 …

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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 …