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INTERNATIONAL: BIEN announces list of speakers for its “Ask Me Anything” series of internet interviews on, September 15-21, 2014

The Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) has announced the list of speakers for its “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) series of internet interviews, which will take place on the Reddit website. The interviews will be text only and open to everyone. Anyone in the world can type in a question. The AMA series will take place [...]

SWITERLAND: Government reacts negatively to UBI proposal

The Swiss Federal Council has released its evaluation of the popular initiative for an unconditional basic income (UBI), which received enough signatures last fall to trigger a nationwide referendum on it. The Federal Council evaluates all people’s initiatives in Switzerland making one of three recommendations: it could accept, reject, or no recommendation. The council chose [...]

UNITED KINGDOM: BIG Political Party Is Recruiting Parliamentary Candidates for 2015

[Josh Martin] In a post on their website, the BIG Political Party of the United Kingdom calls on its followers to consider standing in the UK General Election in 2015.  In the post they write the following: “If you want to stand as a BIG Party Candidate, you will need. 1. A £500 deposit (returnable [...]

MACAU: Government Distributes Temporary Basic Income.

Macau, the former Portuguese possession, now a semi-autonomous region of China, is in the process of distributing a temporary Basic Income of more than $1000 to all residents. According to a government press release dated 1 July, 2014, “In order to share the fruits of economic development with the general public, the Macao SAR government [...]

GERMANY: Someone will win a basic income for a year

Michael Bohmeyer, a 29 year old IT professional and basic income activist raises money for a project named Mein Grundeinkommen (my basic income) via crowdfunding, were people can win a basic income of 1.000 Euro per month payed for one year. Within only 22 days almost 500 people donated 12.000 Euro for the first winner [...]

BERLIN: 10th anniversary of Netzwerk Grundeinkommen

On September 13, the German Netzwerk Grundeinkommen celebrates its 10th anniversary with a big party in the Mauersegler beer garden and club in Berlin from 1 pm to 3 am. Everyone is invited to come. There will be songs, poems, talks, street theater, a fantastic live band and DJ music.

CHINA: Basic Income Scheme in Sanya Faces Termination

[Josh Martin] A minor unconditional basic income scheme has been taking place in Sanya, China, for five years now and has flown very much under the radar.  The income is given once every six months and is equivalent to about a month’s worth of minimum wage labor.  It compares financially rather well with the Alaskan [...]

UNITED KINGDOM: Scottish Green Party Endorses Basic Income

[Josh Martin] In a recent publication the Scottish Green Party stated its plan for a basic income (called a citizen’s income in their writing) for Scotland if they vote for independence in the upcoming referendum.  With the slogan of “Green Yes”, the Scottish Greens agree with the UK Greens on supporting a basic income.  In [...]

UNITED KINGDOM: Green Party to Make Basic Income a Central Position in Manifesto

[Josh Martin] Green party leader Natalie Bennett, in an interview with BuzzFeed, declared that support for a universal basic income will be among the party’s major positions in their manifesto for the 2015 election. Current polls have the Greens receiving six percent of the vote in 2015, up from 0.9 percent in 2010. To read [...]

UNITED STATES: Cato Unbound’s Series Sparks Basic Income Debate Among Libertarians

[Josh Martin] Over the past two weeks Cato Unbound hosted a debate titled “The Basic Income and the Welfare State”, which contained four articles.  First, Zwolinski outlined a pragmatic libertarian case for a basic income that served as the lead article to which the other three authors would respond.  The following three articles from Manzi, [...]