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Karl Widerquist has written 773 posts for Basic Income News

Paul Lafargue (Author), Bernard Marszalek (Editor), The Right to Be Lazy: Essays by Paul Lafargue.

SUMMARY: According to the publisher’s abstract, “At once a masterpiece of critical theory and rip-roaring radical humor, this is one of the most spirited attacks on the notion of the “work ethic” ever to be published. Featuring a revised edition of the original English translation by Charles Hope Kerr, this collection also includes four of [...]

Herb Kutchins, “Righting capitalism with dividends.”

SUMMARY: This article is positive book review of Peter Barnes’s With Liberty and Dividends for All, which proposes a substantial Basic Income, financed mostly by environmental taxes and taxes on common assets. Herb Kutchins, “Righting capitalism with dividends.” Point Reyes Light, 08/21/2014

Citizens Income Trust, Citizens Income Newsletter.

The latest issue of the Citizens Income Newsletter has been released. It includes editorials, conference reports from the Citizen’s Income Trust’s conference, 6th June, 2014, from the BIEN Congress, 27th to 29th June, and from the Social Policy Association Conference, 14th to 16th July, 2014. It includes news, book reviews, an article by Alex Cobham, [...]

Dylan Matthews, “Basic income: the world’s simplest plan to end poverty, explained.”

SUMMARY: “In recent months, discussion of basic income proposals have become fairly mainstream, but not so mainstream that most people know what the phrase ‘basic income’ means. With that in mind, here are the basics (get it?) of the idea, in [answers to the following] eleven questions.” 1) What is basic income? 2) Who supports [...]

CYBERSPACE: BIEN releases schedule for its Basic Income AMA Series: The 7th Annual International Basic Income Week, September 15-21, 2014

The Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) has released the tentative schedule for its series of Internet events on the Seventh Annual International Basic Income Week, September 15-21, 2014. Each event will be an “Ask Me Anything” (also know as AMA or sometimes as “As Us Anything”). In these events, an expert in a given topic [...]

THE NETHERLANDS: Basic Income Week Events, September 15-21, 2014

Unconditional Basic Income can become the basis for “Building Social Cohesion in Europe”. This is the motto of this year’s International Basic Income Week, which is scheduled to run from September 15–21, 2014. BI Weeks activities in the Netherlands include, a viewing Enno Schmidt’s Basic Income Film, organizing a Parking Day for the UBI, debates, [...]

Jaxpagan, “Your Services Are No Longer Required – The Coming “Great Idleness.”

SUMMARY: This article argues that there will come a day when most human labor is outmoded, replaced by machines. The author the argues, “And what do we do on that day – or rather, on the daisy-chain of days, months and years that Great Shedding will likely fall across? There are a lot of bad [...]

Peter Barnes, “Why you have the right to a $5K dividend from Uncle Sam.”

SUMMARY: Oil tax revenue funds Alaska’s Permanent Fund, which distributes dividends equally to state residents. Peter Barnes wants a nationwide dividend system (or basic income) based on shared assets like our atmosphere. Peter Barnes, “Why you have the right to a $5K dividend from Uncle Sam.” PBS Newshour, August 27, 2014

UNITED STATES: Alaska’s small basic income likely to double this year.

The Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), Alaska’s small yearly Basic Income, is likely to double this year over last year’s value. The dividend is paid every fall from the returns to the Alaska Permanent Fund (APF), a pool of financial assets accumulated from savings from the state’s oil revenue. The formula for converting returns into dividends [...]

BROOKLYN, NY: Building a Broader Climate Movement: Universal Basic Income and the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy, Sep. 11, 2014

The NYC Climate Convergence will hose a conference entitled, “Building a Broader Climate Movement: Universal Basic Income and the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy,” at 7:00pm, Thursday, September 11, 2014, in The Commons Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217. This is a free build-up event for the NYC Climate Convergence (, a series [...]