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Should Governments Pay A Basic Income?

Should Governments Pay A Basic Income?

In June 2016, Switzerland will vote in a referendum on the topic of introducing a basic income. If passed, all Swiss citizens, working or unemployed, would receive about $2,500 a month as a guaranteed stipend from the government. Switzerland would become the first country in the world to implement such an idea. So, should governments …

Basic Income (10 Reasons)

Basic Income (10 Reasons)

The US Declaration of Independence says we all have the right to life and liberty. But the truth is you don’t have the right to life and liberty unless you can afford it. One in seven Americans lives in poverty. That means they can’t afford basic needs like food and shelter. But we have in …

Automated Economy Explained: Mechanics of a Basic Income

Automated Economy Explained: Mechanics of a Basic Income

In 122 BC, Gaius Gracchus initiated a policy that would later be known as “Bread and Circuses.” Roman landowners had slowly but surely replaced their workers with cheap slaves from the colonies. This resulted in high unemployment of the Roman population. As the empire found itself in a situation where production flourished but the population …

Do we need basic income in the future? | VPRO Documentary

Do we need basic income in the future? | VPRO Documentary

Isn’t it intolerable that there will be an entire class… …who get 100K when they buy their first home. And in the business district they know a lot of tax tricks… …to maximise the amount parents can transfer to their children tax-free. If you have a liberal fibre in your body… …that should make you …

Basic Income: Pros & Cons [POLICYbrief]

Basic Income: Pros & Cons [POLICYbrief]

Well, the idea of a basic income is that the government provides some sort of standard payment to pretty much everybody, every month, and it’s enough to live on. What’s the broader social and cultural effect of having this kind of program in place? What’s the effect of raising people in a society where they …

What is Universal Basic Income?

What is Universal Basic Income?

Nothing undermines life more than insecuritybut for too many, the last few decades have become ever more insecure.Work is less certain and more stressful,especially for those on average incomes and lower —and we have a tax and benefits system that is complex and sometimes punitive.We could do something completely different,like give a basic monthly payment …