[Josh Martin] In this interview, Wheeler questions Karl Widerquist, co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), a few questions related to the current landscape of basic income policies throughout the world. Widerquist provides a summary of the BIEN International Congress in Montreal in late June and also answers questions on technological unemployment and basic [...]
Hoping to raise awareness on basic income and reach new people, the activists from France, Belgium and Switzerland have decided to work together on a project aiming at launching a newspaper called L’inconditionnel, (The Unconditional). Initiated by Stanislas Jourdan & Barbara Garbarczyk, the project will evolve as a joint-venture between BIEN affiliates in France, Belgium [...]
[Josh Martin] Warren’s opinion piece urges his readers to consider the benefits of a guaranteed income policy in his province of Canada. He cites some of the major arguments for a basic income and discusses the Mincome project in Manitoba in the 1970s. Jamie Warren, “Guaranteed income program worth a look in this province”, The [...]
A basic income pilot project, originally implemented in 2008, has just been re started. The project in the Otjivero-Omitara settlement of the Steinhausen Constiuency in Namibia had been providing all residents living in the settlement since 2007 with $100 per person per month, without any conditions attached. The initial pilot program stopped in June 2013, [...]
Introduction: “The material prosperity that capitalism has wrought is the product of technology as well as markets (and social norms and state institutions). Markets enhance the efficiency of allocation of resources, such as human labour, between competing projects, while technological innovations enhance the productivity of our use of those resources, the ability to produce more with less. [...]
[Josh Martin] McKay’s article is an informed reaction to the news that the Basic Income Canada Network has proposed a $20,000 minimum income for all Canadians. McKay clarifies the differences between the minimum wage debates and this minimum income plan and then continues to cover some of the history of minimum income policies throughout the [...]
[Josh Martin] In this post, Hartmann discusses the alarming inequality in West Virginia as well as the extreme poverty many families face in the coal-reliant state. Hartmann acknowledges coal’s importance to the state by suggesting implementing a program similar to the Alaska Permanent Fund, which distributes a dividend funded by taxes on its oil reserves [...]
[Josh Martin] Universal Basic Income Europe (UBIE) provides an extensive overview of basic income ideas throughout history. Beginning with Thomas More in the 16th century, UBIE methodically and chronologically adds entries all the way into the 21st century. Universal Basic Income Europe, “A Brief History of Basic Income Ideas”, UBIE.org, 2014.
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