Basic Income

A radical fix to America’s stagnant economy: Give people who want to work a job

Every American deserves a job. But not all who want to work can find employment that will lift them from poverty.The U.S. Labor Department says the …

Social Justice

The Agony of the Welfare State, Finnish Style

By: Joseph T. Salerno<br>The title of this post—minus the reference to Finland—is shamelessly copped from a prescient essay that Ludwig von Mises wrote …

Conservative View

NDP leadership candidates explain their plans to Power & Politics

A winner will be chosen from these 4 candidates and announced by Oct. 15<p>Voting is now underway to elect a new federal NDP leader, with the winner to …

Jagmeet Singh

People in two U.S. states will get $1,000 a month in a new basic income trial

$1,000 for 1,000<p>Startup incubator Y Combinator is expanding their research into the benefits of universal basic income (UBI).<p>In a new blog post …

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One of the biggest VCs in Silicon Valley is launching an experiment that will give 3,000 people free money until 2022

Y Combinator, the largest and most prestigious startup accelerator in Silicon Valley, has announced new details of its upcoming experiment to give Americans free money.<p>YC will select 3,000 people across two states and divide them into two groups. The first group will include 1,000 people who will …

Business

Let’s not give up on a guaranteed basic income before we’ve tried

This debate goes back decades, and some of our most respected leaders have supported the idea of an income floor for all. Martin Luther King, Jr. …

Guaranteed Minimum Income

Episode 796: The Basic Income Experiment

The basic income is a hot topic of social policy. It's a steady payout to citizens. Liberals argue it provides support to struggling citizens with dignity and freedom. Libertarians like that it can be dispensed without an expensive, and controlling, bureaucracy. The rest argue that it's a giveaway …

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Silicon Valley's Y Combinator to give people up to $1,000 a month in latest basic income trial

Y Combinator announced plans Wednesday to hand out more free cash.<p>The Silicon Valley technology startup-incubator known for its work with Airbnb and Reddit made headlines in 2016 for its first basic income trial. It gave a small group of Oakland residents handouts to test how the money would impact …

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Deadbeat Democrats

In June, at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, President Trump brought 6,000 supporters to their feet, roaring their approval. “I believe the time has …

Liberal View

A third of UK business leaders support a universal basic income - as robots threaten millions of jobs - NS Tech

A third of Britain’s business leaders support the introduction of a universal basic income (UBI), according to one of the first surveys of industry …

Universal Basic Income

Stop Conflating Inequality With Poverty

Widespread concern about the great disparities of income and wealth have fueled anti-globalization sentiments all around the world, and threaten to …

Social Justice

NDP leadership candidates sound off on policies, power and principles

<i>The four NDP leadership candidates each recently met with the Star’s editorial board to discuss the campaign and defend their policies. The following</i> …

Canadian News

A new study debunks one of the biggest arguments against basic income

As someone who writes frequently about universal basic income — the idea of giving everyone enough money to live on, no strings attached — the most common argument I hear against the proposal has nothing to do with its cost, or the potential that it’ll discourage people from working, an attack that …

Guaranteed Minimum Income

A Five-Year Basic Income Experiment is Happening in the U.S.

1,000 people will receive $2,000 a month for up to five years.<p>Y Combinator, the Silicon Valley technology startup-incubator that’s that offered early …

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Why we need the welfare state more than ever

Shocked by the ‘poverty cycle’, British reformers created a safety net for casual workers. Now precarious working conditions are back, and the welfare state is under attack. By Chris Renwick<p>Tucked away behind York Minster – the grand cathedral adorned with medieval stained-glass windows that …

Long-form Journalism

Here's how four million UK families missed out on £12.4bn worth of benefits

Up to £12.4bn of means-tested benefits – including pension credit, housing benefit and jobseekers and employment support allowance – were left …

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For and against a universal basic income

From <i>Boston Review</i>, a forum on Basic Income in a Just Society (and more). A basic income really could end poverty forever — but to become a reality, …

Universal Basic Income

Joe Biden just chose a side in the Universal Basic Income debate

Biden Won’t Back UBI<p>Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a economic safety net system in which everyone — regardless of their age, employment status, …

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The Finnish Experiment - 99% Invisible

Around the world, there is a lot of buzz around the idea of universal basic income (also known as “unconditional basic income” or UBI). It can take …

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MSPs to debate income tax rise proposal

<b>MSPs are to debate whether income tax should be increased to raise extra funds to invest in public services.</b><p>Scottish Labour has put forward a motion for debate at Holyrood aiming to force parties to "pick a side".<p>First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she has an "open mind" about tax rises, and …

Referendums

Replacing take-home rations with cash transfers in aanganwadis is a terrible idea

The decision to do away with take-home rations (THR) in aanganwadis for infants under three and pregnant and lactating mothers, and to replace the …

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Feminism and the Refusal of Work: An Interview with Kathi Weeks

<i>First published in</i> Political Critique.<p><b>You’re a Marxist, aren’t you? How has Marxist thought informed your work?</b><p>Yes, I count myself as a Marxist, …

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Finland's Welfare State Has a Massive Baby Problem

You know you've got a problem when even the best don't have the solution.<p>Finland, a first-rate place in which to be a mother, has registered the …

Welfare

A radical form of wealth distribution is gaining ground — here's where 5 major US politicians stand

A radical form of wealth distribution that's been gaining popularity over the past couple years.<p>It's known as universal basic income, and it involves paying every citizen a standard amount of money just for being alive.<p>Advocates claim the system could help reduce poverty and stave off the threat of …

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Joe Biden: Universal Basic Income Sells American Workers Short

Former Vice President Joe Biden took a swipe Monday at an increasingly trendy but controversial idea that calls for the government to provide …

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Biden rejects universal basic income idea popular in Silicon Valley

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenClinton ‘dumbfounded’ by Comey letter days before election Fox's Guilfoyle: Clinton 'mad …

Guaranteed Minimum Income

Where the federal NDP leadership candidates stand on the issues

In the midst of one debate in the NDP's 2012 leadership campaign, candidate Nathan Cullen noted that he was in "violent agreement" on policy with his …

Canadian News

Why We Need a Universal Basic Income

As Labor Day approached this year, I awaited the lip service of Republicans praising "job creators" and business owners. I knew full well there was …

Liberal View

Fact check: Drug testing welfare recipients

The claimThe Federal Government has introduced legislation for a trial of compulsory drug tests for people on the dole.The stated aim is twofold: to …

Australian News

Why I (Sort Of) Respect American's Ridiculous Upcharge For Avoiding Basic Economy

In February American began selling basic economy fares in 10 city pairs. They continued to progressively roll out these fares until earlier this …

Airlines