Love and Basic Income

Love and Basic Income

When it comes to discussing public policy it is strange that we find it to so hard to talk about love. We all know that love matters. You do not need to have any particular faith or religious belief to notice that the world is full of people seeking love, making love, finding love and losing love. Films, books, tv and even the smallest attention to our own thought processes must leave most of us aware that love matters.

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Basic Income - the modern form of income security

Dr Simon Duffy of The Centre for Welfare Reform 

Although the idea of Basic Income has been around for at least two and a half thousand years, it is still unfamiliar to most people in modern Britain. However it is an idea whose time has come. Currently only the Green Party is officially championing it, but it will come to dominate debate about what a fair and sensible system of income security should look like; for it is ideally suited to the modern world and it brings with it significant economic advantages.

 

 

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ReCivitas project at Oxford 1 Feb 2016

The ReCivitas project has paid an unconditional basic income to members of a small community in Quatinga Velho, in the state of São Paulo in southern Brazil, since 2008. In early February Basic Income Oxford hosted a talk by the NGO’s co-founder Marcus Brancaglione, at an event introduced by Oxford University professor of geography Danny Dorling. Brancaglione spoke about the history of the project and its significance for basic income trials in Brazil and around the world.

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Basic income on the doorstep

Speech given at Unison West Midlands Region meeting, 25 February 2016 by Barb Jacobson, Basic Income UK

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“Wheels on the Bus”

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The Wheels on the Bus invokes a world of endless commuting where the rain never ends, the flow of people never ebbs, and the turning of the wheels (oh the turning!) never ceases.

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Basic Income: How do we get there? Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Event with Brian Eno, David Graeber, Frances Coppola will be leading a discussion facilitated by Becca Kirkpatrick from Unison

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Supply and Demand

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The connections between supply, demand and inflation are well-known. However, when a great deal of the work performed by a population is not obviously productive in any way and still gets paid for, shouldn’t this result in inflation? If a lot of the work we do really isn’t productive, i.e. does not do much for the supply-side of things, then if UBI is going to drive inflation we should probably already be experiencing it.

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Tough (the toughest) challenge

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The ongoing migrant/refugee tragedy within and at Europe’s borders lays down a gauntlet to advocates for basic income: If the development of UBI within Europe depends on closing and (it’s always going to be) violently maintaining its borders, is UBI a policy that can take any kind of priority?

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‘My life experience was tantamount to worthless’ Freelancing Precariat

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Photo: Raimond Spekking

by Rebecca Ridolfo©

Recently, I saw Guy Standing interviewed on the Keiser Report about his book: A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens. He is Professor of Development Studies at the University of London and writes about the increasingly precarious nature of modern employment. Pressure is put on wages by the demographics of soaring youth unemployment, immigration and people in their 60s & 70s who have to or want to continue to work. Corporate demand for a flexible workforce is colliding with the need for a stable income to keep a roof over workers’ heads. The domination of corporations is reflected in the rise of Zero Hours contracts and the accelerating growth of the Precariat.

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UBI and alcoholism (or other substance addictions): exploring the argument against UBI

During discussions on UBI I have participated in, some sceptics have raised the concerns that guaranteeing income in monetary allowance will contribute to increasing addictions such as alcoholism in society. I agree that there is some true to this argument. Certainly, if the entire system of accompanying people with addictions will not change, we can expect that this problem will persist or even aggreviate. Therefore, a broader vision and a movement needs to stand behind the UBI. Guaranteeing an income should be just a beginning of and the consequence of a cultural and social change.

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