In what may be a unique social experiment, three pilot basic income schemes were conducted in India between 2010 and 2013, in which over 6,000 men, women and children received universal, equal and completely unconditional monthly cash payments. At this talk, Guy Standing reports on the main outcomes, looking at the effects on sanitation, nutrition, [...]
This document reports on a conference that was hosted by Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) and the Ecumenical Service on Southern Africa (KASA) in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was held on 25 and 26 April 2013 at the Economic Rights Programme. The conference was aimed to develop an innovative and comprehensive case for [...]
AUDIO: “Marina Weisband erklärt das Bedingungslose Grundeinkommen (BGE) Bundestagswahl, Neuigkeiten” Pirate Partei [the Pirate Party], 25 August 2013. [Video in German].
Jon Maiden, “Basic Income: Restructuring the economy,” Now Then Magazine, Issue 68, October 2013.
ABSTRACT: Since the launch of the referendum on an Unconditional basic income (UBI) in April 2012 a lively debate is being held on the possibility of a society with UBI. The proposal to introduce a basic in- come without means-testing receives strong support as well as strong opposition. How can this be explained? Recently, a [...]
Jillian Steinhauer, “An Artist’s Plan to Get Everyone in Switzerland Paid,” Hyperallergic, November 13, 2013.
In this opinion piece, Paulo Rodrigues discusses the merits of a basic income for small business owners, those people often portrayed as the beating heart of the Conservative Party. Paulo Rodrigues, “Boons of basic income for small business,” Basic Income UK, November 10, 2013.
[Craig Axford] The Bank of England’s quantitative easing (QE) policy has generated £375 billion in support for the financial sector, and 40% of that money has ended up in the hands of the top 5%. Mehdi Hasan argues, in this article, that’s money that could have been spent on a “quantitative easing for the people, [...]
[Ian Orton] Invariably, the first reaction to the BI proposal is ‘how would it be financed?’ This article argues that a BI of £13,000 per annum is possible for all UK adults. Various financing scenarios are considered, broadly based on a combined financing method consisting of increased national insurance contributions, doubling of income tax (low-income [...]
ABSTRACT: Utopian thinking consists of formulating proposals for radical reforms, justifying them on the basis of normative principles combined with the best possible scientific analysis of the root causes of the problems the proposals are meant to address, and subjecting these proposals to unindulgent critical scrutiny. Such utopian thinking is indispensable, and contributing to it [...]