Basic Income

Elon Musk: Automation Will Force Universal Basic Income

Digital Trends<p>At the World Government Summit in Dubai, our real-world Tony Stark, Elon Musk, was throwing around some big and important ideas about …

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Welfare drug test: Which countries do it and has it worked anywhere?

When Australia launches its welfare drug testing trial in January, it will be joining an international club of just two other members - New Zealand …

Drug Test

Guaranteeing Everyone A Job Is Harder Than It Sounds

There is a growing sense that more needs to be done to help improve economic outcomes for many Americans. To that end, some on the left have begun to call for what is being called a “guaranteed jobs program”. The influential Center for American Progress released a new proposal on this, signaling at …

Business

Why Future Robots In The Workplace Might Pay Taxes

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Dave Consiglio.</i><p>No. Capitalism should change.<p>Capitalism works reasonably well as an economic …

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letter from Ray | Supporting universal basic income as step in world progress

column<b>:</b> letters from Ray <br>date<b>:</b> May 27, 2017<p>topic<b>:</b> Adopting a universal basic income for all people can help society think creatively with new ideas, …

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Mark Zuckerberg supports universal basic income. What is it?

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg supports an idea called universal basic income.<p>"We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas," Zuckerberg said at his Harvard commencement address Thursday.<p>So, what exactly is it?<p>It's a concept …

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Trump’s Food Stamp Reform Would Close the Trap of Dependency

President Donald Trump’s newly released budget contains a proposed food stamp reform, which the left has denounced as a “horror” that arbitrarily …

Poverty

As Trump tries to cut disability benefits, a different way to think about people who receive them

Michael BischoffDonald Trump has been talking about me this week, as one of the people who are dependent on the government for disability benefits …

Minnesota

What Economic Policies Do Americans Need? Just Ask Them

It's not complicated. The poor want more money. The middle class worries about health care. The rich fret over retirement.<p>Usually, when economists think about how to improve the lives of people, they rely on introspection and theoretical assumptions. Many an econ paper buries itself in abstract …

Social Justice

The new economy is coming

Late May is college commencement speech season, and there are always one or two destined to cause upset. This year, add to the list the Harvard …

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Mark Zuckerberg joins Silicon Valley bigwigs in calling for government to give everybody free money

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called on the need to consider universal basic income for Americans during his Harvard Commencement Speech.<p>Zuckerberg's …

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General Election 2017: Labour Leads On Work And Welfare As Tories Run Out Of Ideas

Confident after years of poll leads, the Conservatives have called a shock general election for June 8th. As the party in power the decision to do so was entirely theirs, and it is likely they have been preparing policies for months. So why is their work and welfare offering so timid?<p>While …

Referendums

Maybe Trump's Budget Can Start A Conversation About A Modern Safety Net

President Trump has submitted his first budget proposal and like most such proposals, Congress immediately prepared to ignore it. Yet even though Congress will write their own budget (or try to) with little regard for the president’s proposal, politicians and media commentators were quick to …

Opinion

Decentralize the Welfare State

By: Ryan McMaken <br>It has long since become a doctrine of the modern American welfare state that the federal government must be the primary …

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Trump's Plan to Kick People Off Food Stamps Is an "Attack on the Poor," Activists Say

Advocates for the struggling and hungry are appalled by Trump's budget proposal to slash billions of dollars from social programs such as Medicaid …

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A historian's TED talk on basic income got a standing ovation — here's what he said

Universal basic income — a system of wealth distribution that involves giving people a monthly wage just for being alive — got a standing ovation at the 2017 TED conference, held in April.<p>Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian and basic income advocate, gave a talk on the subject in which he explored a …

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Universal Basic Income Could Work in Italy

Mostly because its social safety nets are atrociously designed. But it’s a promising lead for a big idea.<p>Universal basic income (UBI) schemes are often rejected out of hand as too expensive. In some countries, however, paying every resident a basic income sufficient for survival could actually …

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Will A Basic Income Mean The End Of Work? Don’t Get Too Excited

Even when people get unconditional cash payments, they tend to stay in the workforce–just with a lot more security and spending money than they had before.<p>“The Future of Not Working” is how the <i>New York Times</i> headlined a big recent magazine article on universal basic income (UBI). And why not? …

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2 filmmakers are offering $250 a week for 2 years to be a part of their documentary

As it turns out, the Monday gods heard my pleas for a semi-pleasant transition back after a weekend spent deep in a wine-induced Netflix documentary …

Documentaries

Why Work Requirement Became a Theme of the Trump Budget

The new White House budget proposal is built on a deep-rooted conservative belief: The government should help those who are willing to work, and cull from benefit rolls those who aren’t.<p>That emphasis on work underlies deep cuts and proposed changes to food stamps, cash assistance and health …

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Americans Overvalue Work, and That's a Problem

by Rich Smith<i>The Problem with Work</i> author Kathi Weeks takes part in a panel, "Time. Work. Domination.," this Sunday at Seattle University.You work …

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OECD says 'basic income' reform would need more taxes

PARIS (Reuters) - Welfare reforms that would introduce public payment of an unconditional basic income to everyone of working age are worth exploring but would do little to combat poverty if not financed by extra tax, the OECD said.<p>It published a paper examining a long-discussed reform that is …

OECD

Automation, Robots, and Job Losses Could Make Universal Income a Reality

The rise of automation and resulting job losses could force the federal government to guarantee some income for everyone, but that won't happen for …

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We Need To Keep The Pressure On Our Politicians To End Poverty

Canadians have been very clear. We believe the growing inequality in our country is unacceptable.<br>In a recent poll commissioned by the Broadbent …

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Iran tried its own basic income scheme — and people didn't give up working

One of the biggest criticisms of basic income, a system of giving people modest salaries just for being alive, is that it discourages people from working.<p>A new report on an ongoing cash-transfer program launched in 2011 in Iran may cast some doubt on the claim.<p>Published by the economists Djavad …

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Computers That Just Work - Vinay Gupta

<b>Vinay Gupta:</b> So, what I’m going to be talk­ing about today is whether we can get rid of the world’s third-oldest pro­fes­sion, which is bureau­crat. …

Bitcoin

Do nothing, get cash? Maybe, when robots take your job

With an impending robot revolution expected to leave a trail of unemployment in its wake, some Silicon Valley tech leaders think they have a remedy …

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Reality Check: What do manifestos say about productivity?

<b>Productivity is a measure of how much stuff is getting produced for each hour that people work and it's enormously important.</b><p>Improvements in living standards and average earnings tend to come from increased productivity.<p>In the UK, productivity has only just returned to its pre-crisis level. But it …

Time Management

The Transfer State: America's Fiscal March Towards Collectivism

For the vast majority of people, reading a myriad of documents, projections, charts and essays on fiscal policy is an incredibly grating activity …

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Green Party manifesto pledges four-day working week and universal basic income

The Green Party has launched its manifesto for the 2017 general election, pledging a move towards a four-day working week and the introduction of a …

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