This has been reprinted with kind permission from Another Angry Voice and is available (along with a great many other interesting articles) here. It has excellent introduction to some of the arguments in favour of Basic Income and some of the challenges that confront it at both the levels of principle and practicality.
On March 4th, there was held an, interesting and timely debate on basic/citizen’s income. The event, chaired by Labour MP John McDonnell, is part of a wider series of events that form part of a People’s Parliament designed to reconnect citizens with the political process. The speakers were Malcolm Torry, author of ‘Money for Everyone‘; Natalie Bennett, leader of the UK Green Party; and Guy Standing, author of ‘The Precariat‘ and long-time champion of basic income.Read more
Everything that I’ve read about universal basic income (UBI) suggests that its champions have come to the idea while searching for ways to overcome poverty or promote social justice and, having discovered the appeal of UBI, then look around for ways in which it can be funded. I appear to be unusual in arriving at UBI from a completely different direction.Read more
The European Citizens Initiative (ECI)1 for Unconditional Basic Income (UBI)2 officially ended on Tuesday January 14th 23.59pm, after collecting at least 285,042 statements of support from EU citizens in 28 countries.3 However, it did not succeed in collecting the one million signatures which would have obliged the European Commission (EC) to consider UBI as a new form of ‘emancipatory welfare’.Read more