Universal Basic Income
Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income
I think that wherever possible, we should look to permanently eliminate underlying causes instead of treating symptoms without end. When it comes to minimum wage laws, we're perpetually treating a symptom and not a cause. The problem we wish to solve is that employees aren't getting paid enough to work.
Working to Death: Leftist Critiques of Basic Income Fail to Offer Meaningful Alternatives | P2P Foundation
From Finland to Kenya to Ontario, it seems that everyone interested in social policy is talking up basic income. It's not a new idea, having been theorized since at least Thomas Paine's musings on a "citizen's dividend" in the late 1700s, and with variations actually having been piloted in several US cities and in Manitoba during the 1970s.
Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck - Basic income
Late last year, I took a road trip with my partner from our home in New Orleans, Louisiana to Orlando, Florida and as we drove by town after town, we got to talking about the potential effects self-driving vehicle technology would have not only on truckers themselves, but on all the local economies dependent on trucker salaries.
An exciting new idea in Basic Income - Emergent Culture
In a painstaking analysis, Gada drills down on the insight that economists have entirely missed a crucial feature of the modern world called "technological deflation". While the concept is nuanced, the basic point of technological deflation is that technological things (like, say, iPhones) have the funny habit of becoming "almost free" very quickly.
Brian Eno: the basic income is needed to serve the creative genius of the community (i.e. the 'scenius') | P2P Foundation
Watch this brilliant intervention by Brian Eno: Photo credit, lead image: Dominic Alves
Basic Income Might Be The Answer To Society's Productivity Crisis
Writer and thinker Scott Santens simplifies the argument for a universal basic income in this Q&A.
Switzerland Will Hold The World's First Universal Basic Income Referendum
The idea of giving everyone in society free money-a universal basic income-has been getting a lot of attention recently. The Finnish government is planning a big experiment, where up to 100,000 people could get about $1,100 a month. Four Dutch cities will probably run trials this summer.
more images image "A fascinating book about an alternative to austerity." - Owen Jones A major new manifesto for a high-tech future free from work. Neoliberalism isn't working. Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many more into precarious work, while the left remains trapped in stagnant political practices that offer no respite.
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Awesome. Experiments should occur at intersection of gov strategy + citizens' needs. #finnishbasicincome pic.twitter.com/3ojDha8o4n
Robots To Eat All The Jobs? Hackers, Policy Wonks Collaborate On A Basic Income Createathon This Weekend
In the face of rising U.S. income inequality and concerns about job loss to automation, some of Silicon Valley's best-known names including Y Combinator's Sam Altman have spoken up in favor of a universal basic income that would give people a baseline standard of living in an economy that may not be able to produce enough decently compensated work for everyone.
This is why Finland is able to implement the basic income experiment
In the last couple of days BBC, Forbes, Independent, Mashable, Telegraph, Time and Quartz among other media outlets have have written about Finland's experiment with basic income on a national level. However, none of the articles uncover the reason why Finland can pull off such ambitious policies in an age where so many government are left powerless with even smallest of changes in the way society works.
Finland plans to give every citizen a basic income of 800 euros a month
This post has been corrected. The Finnish government is currently drawing up plans to introduce a national basic income. A final proposal won't be presented until November 2016, but if all goes to schedule, Finland will scrap all existing benefits and instead hand out €800 ($870) per month-to everyone.
Government Debt and Deficits Are Not the Problem. Private Debt Is.
By Michael Hudson (Remarks by Prof. Michael Hudson at The Atlantic's Economy Summit, Washington DC, Wednesday, March 13, 2013) There are two quite different perspectives in the set of speeches at this conference. Many on our morning panels - Steve Keen, William Greider, and earlier Yves Smith and Robert Kuttner - have warned about the economy being strapped by debt.
Will Finns Get Paid for Being Finns?
Finland could become the first country to introduce a universal basic income. An official at the Finnish Social Insurance Institution, known as KELA, said last week that each Finn could receive 800 euros ($876) a month, tax free, that would replace existing benefits.
Basic income won't fix America's social divide
Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we're talking about universal basic income. Need a primer? Catch up here. Oren Cass is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, focusing on energy, the environment and anti-poverty policy.
Five Star Movement: Citizen's income (guaranteed minimum income), the why and the how of our law
Citizen's income, the why and the how of our law April 14, 2015 "Nobody has to stay back! Currently in Italy there are too many people and families who have an income that does not allow to live with dignity. The lack of work and employment it is the main cause.
Has any country in the world implemented a universal basic income like Switzerland is proposing?
No country has. A small town in Canada tried it once back in the 1970s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mincome The feasibility depends a lot on what level of ...
Ten Reasons to Support Basic Income
A basic income can help you do other work and reconsider old choices: It will enable you to retrain, safe in the knowledge that you'll have enough money to maintain a decent standard of living while you do. It will therefore help each of us to decide what it is we truly want to do.
Why Should We Support the Idea of Universal Basic Income?
An answer to a growing question of the 21st century So what exactly would you do, if you were guaranteed $1,000 per month for the rest of your life? And yes, that's around what the amount would most likely be here in the United States, at least at first.
Lessons from Mincome: How a Basic Income Would Improve Health
From 1974 to 1979, a basic income social experiment known under the name of "Mincome Program" took place in a small canadian town. Evelyn Forget, researcher, is one of the very few persons who have studied the sociological impact of the guaranteed income experiment.