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BELGIUM: Pirate Party endorses basic income

Following the lead of Pirate Party’s in other countries, the Belgian Pirate Party has endorsed a basic income of 1,500 Euros per month. Pirate parties support civil rights, direct democracy, and participation in government. Their name derives from their support of the reform of copyright and patent law, free sharing of knowledge (open content), information [...]

Najma Sadeque, “Profits to every citizen.”

SUMMARY: Najma Sadeque argues that Pakistan should introduce a dividend based on the Alaska model. Sadeque is a former journalist and currently director of The Green Economic Initiative at Shirkat Gah, a rights and advocacy group. Najma Sadeque, “Profits to every citizen.” The Nation [Pakistan], April 09, 2014

INTERNATIONAL: Live Reddit Q&A with Guy Standing, 5 May 2014

[Scott Santens] Professor Guy Standing, co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) and author of several books, including The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011) will be doing an AMA on Reddit on 5 May 2014 at 1100 EST. AMA stands for “Ask Me Anything” and provides the opportunity for someone to choose to [...]

Tanja Milevska, “Van Parijs: An unconditional basic income in Europe will help end the crisis [Interview].”

SUMMARY: Philippe Van Parijs is a Belgian philosopher and professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). He talked to EurActiv’s Tanja Milevska. In this interview given after the conference on the “Unconditional Basic Income” (UBI) organised in the European Economic and Social Committee, Van Parijs argued that the EU should put in place such [...]

INTERNATIONAL: Ten Thousand People Are Discussing Basic Income on Reddit

[Scott Santens] On April 12th, a new milestone was reached by the basic income community on Reddit, aka /r/BasicIncome, with its surpassing of 10,000 global subscribers. On April 12th of last year, the number of subscribers was twelve. Reddit is among the top most visited sites worldwide, with traffic last year exceeding 731 million unique [...]

Tanja Milevska, “EU ‘has the power’ to put in place a universal basic income.”

SUMMARY: This article gives an extended report on the April 10 conference, dedicated to the Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) in Europe and on the movement for UBI connected with the conference. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted the conference, which gathered well-known writers, philosophers and activists to reflect on the possibilities to introduce [...]

UNITED STATES: Peace and Freedom Party Endorses Basic Income

BI News has learn that the Peace and Freedom Party added the following demand to its Platform: “A Universal Basic Income with full social benefits as a basic human right” at its March 22 Central Committee meeting in Culver City, CA. Peace and Freedom is the largest socialist party in the United States with more [...]

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada: Invitation for USBIG members (and others) to attend NABIG Workshop

Thursday, June 26, the day before the Basic Income Earth Network Congress in Montreal, there will be a North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Workshop. The goal of this workshop is to bring together activists, scholars, and anyone with an interest in basic income to talk about whether and how basic income can be advanced [...]

Véronique de Rugy, “What’s the welfare initiative uniting liberals and conservatives?”

[Jason Murphy] SUMMARY: The PBS NewHour’s “Making Sen$e” column gives us more from their interview with Libertarian-leaning economist Veronique de Rugy. Excerpts were found in the PBS video we posted earlier. The editor notes that de Rugy “doesn’t sound that different from Graeber”. Véronique de Rugy, “What’s the welfare initiative uniting liberals and conservatives?” PBS [...]

Paul Solman, “Why America’s favorite anarchist thinks most American workers are slaves [interview of David Graeber].”

Following up to their 9-minute story on basic income, the PBS News Hour (United States) has published a text interview with David Graeber on the topic of basic income. Graeber, a professor of anthropology and the London School of Economics, is a leader of the Occupy Movement, and he has recently become an outspoken advocate [...]


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