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Thom Hartmann, “What West Virginia can learn from Sarah Palin”

[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 [...]

Universal Basic Income Europe, “A Brief History of Basic Income Ideas”

[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”,, 2014.

Simsa0, “Towards an Economy of the World-Ingrained Self”

Introduction: “We do economy as if we were not part of the world. And in a terrifying sense, we are not. But accepting this means to abandon all hope that capitalism might be reformed or some other kind of economy might step in instead. Many try to envision means to supplant or expand capitalism in [...]

Guillaume Thoreau, “Free-to-play”

[Josh Martin] Thoreau examines game economies and tries to find real world solutions for the real economy from these games.  Thoreau focuses mainly on two possible crossovers from games to reality: complementary currencies and a universal basic income. Guillaume Thoreau, “Free-to-play”, Medium, 9 July 2014.

Albert Wenger, “More On Basic Income (and Robots)”

[Josh Martin] Wenger writes this post in response to a piece written by Marc Andreessen in which Andreessen discusses the impact of technology on the workforce in the future.  Wenger agrees with Andreessen’s writings, but posits a basic income as a great way to finance the lives of the humans who would no longer be [...]

Charlie Joslin, “Basic Income, Twitter, and Cake”

[Josh Martin] In this blog post, Joslin gives an overview of some of the major arguments for a basic income.  He also manages to compare it to Twitter and utilizes a metaphor comparing a basic income with having a cake and icing it yourself. Charlie Joslin, “Basic Income, Twitter, and Cake”, Medium, 30 November 2013.

Anne Ryan, “Cultivating sustainable and ethical prosperity with basic income”

Introduction: “This paper examines the role of basic income in constructing a dynamic, diverse and democratic social economy. ‘Basic income’ or BI is shorthand for a regular, sufficient and unconditional income, administered by the state and issued to every member of society. BI replaces social welfare payments, child benefit and the state pension as we [...]

Elliot Sperber, “Preconditions for an Actually Democratic Society”

[Josh Martin] In this post, Sperber discusses the issues in democracy in the US and how the US does not fully constitute a democracy.  After a discussion of the issues regarding democracy in the US, Sperber proposes a basic income law as a pathway to a more democratic society. Elliot Sperber, “Preconditions for an Actually [...]

Gaura Rader, “Imagine a World Without Poverty”

[Josh Martin] Rader calls upon the reader’s imagination in his introduction, to imagine a world where children are not forced into work, where there is no poverty.  He believes this world is attainable if a basic income is established, and he calls the reader to action in supporting such a policy. Gaura Rader, “Imagine a [...]

Scott Santens, “解決本世紀經濟問題的根本方法:每人每月發三萬台幣?[Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income?]”

Scott Santens’ article, “Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income?” originally published on Medium has now been translated into Chinese and posted onto BuzzOrange – a news and media aggregation site akin to a Taiwanese BuzzFeed or The Huffington Post – by site contributor, “Ann”. The Chinese language version can be [...]

The BI Literature page has summaries of books and articles on basic income published elsewhere. Whenever possible we include links to the full article.

Books on Basic Income

Image of Freedom and Security: An Introduction to the Basic Income Debate
Image of Guaranteed Income: The Right to Economic Security
Image of Victory Deferred: The War on Global Poverty (1945-2003)