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Why Occupy's Plan To Cancel Consumer Debts Is Brilliant

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Basic Income would cure most of our current economic problems.
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Unemployment is not a disease; so it has no "cure."

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SNAP Forms

These are the forms that Virginia requires to get SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid. They are ridiculous.
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If Working Is a Lifestyle Choice in Norway, Why Do So Many More People Choose This Lifestyle There Than In the United States | Beat the Press

Most readers expect better than silly cliches from the New York Times. That is why it was striking to see an article on Svalbard, a small town in northern Norway, tell readers:
But it [Svalbard] shuns the leftist, leveling consensus that according to conservativ
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The Future Of The United States 50 Years From Now

I believe in the future of the United States, will come into many vast changes the two party system will become more progressive one party may become MARXIST and another may become SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC yes you may need a party to represent Corporate America that may be the Social Democrats who may say no to corporate welfare. Therefore I believe the GOP Republicans will become prehistoric thus the massive may move to a solidary economy that puts people first with the state and American Corporations
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Why Work? // Index

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UNITED STATES: Call to Action for Citizens to Write to Congress Supporting a Basic Income | Basic Income News

UNITED STATES: Call to Action for Citizens to Write to Congress Supporting a Basic Income | Basic Income News | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
[Josh Martin] The moderator of the Basic Income page on Reddit, under the username 2noame, has called on all Americans to write to their representatives in Congress encouraging them to ...
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Reasons why

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Norway's Sovereign Wealth Fund Ramps Up Investment Plans

Norway's Sovereign Wealth Fund Ramps Up Investment Plans | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, plans to manage its $884 billion portfolio more aggressively, taking larger stakes in companies and increasing its real estate portfolio.
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The fierce urgency for a guaranteed national income - The Métropolitain

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Canada activists lobby for bluesky Basic Income of 20.000

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Let Them Eat Cash - NYTimes.com

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UNITED KINGDOM: Shadow Secretary of State Responds to Basic Income Query | Basic Income News

[F. H. Pitts] Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, reaffirmed the Labour Party’s position on proposals for a basic income this week, in response to ...
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Universal basic education is the millennium goal everyone forgot

Universal basic education is the millennium goal everyone forgot | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
Basic education for all has turned out to be a policy orphan. On Thursday, that can change.
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You Can Only Be Against Basic Income Based On Morals, Not Evidence - Falkvinge on Infopolicy

You Can Only Be Against Basic Income Based On Morals, Not Evidence - Falkvinge on Infopolicy | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
There are all sorts of arguments against giving everyone an unconditional minimum income. But the only one that stands up to reality is, "I don't like it."
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There are all sorts of arguments against an unconditional, universal basic income — that is, the idea of giving everyone a minimum income regardless of whether they work, whether they’re disabled, or whether they’re poor. The problem with these arguments is that the only one that actually stands up to reality is, “I don’t like it.”
 

Whether it’s in industrialized nations like Canada and the UK, or poorer countries like Indiaand Namibia, experiments with a basic income have challenged fears that it will lead to a culture of dependence, an unsustainable drop in employment, or do anything at all to destroy or kill an economy whatsoever. When given free money unconditionally, time and time again, the results have shown that the only people who quit their jobs are people like students, single mothers, or other people who have better uses of their time than being employed.


There is no catastrophic disincentive to work, or incentive to be lazy, like basic income opponents predict. Everyone does not start sitting around at home. People who are able to work and keep society running continue to do so. The economy does not collapse. The fears of doom-and-gloom just flat-out don’t happen.


Every day, the arguments against alleviating poverty and inequality by just giving everybody money sounds more and more like arguments used against same-sex marriage. It will lead to bestiality. It will be bad for the children. Heterosexual couples will stop getting married. Cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria. None of these things happen. They’re weak attempts to rationalize the argument that, “I just think it’s wrong.”


For opponents of basic income, there is no evidence on their side. Their arguments come entirely from the fact that they believe that giving people money for nothing is icky. They don’t want to live in a world where anybody can make a comfortable living without having to break their back doing work if they don’t want to. They’re not afraid of any real, existing consequences. They just think it’s wrong.
 

But they’re never going to admit that. When the debate is framed like that — is it right or wrong for everyone to have food, shelter, and security; is it right or wrong for everyone to be free to choose what work they do — it’s no longer a debate they can win.

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Should the Conservative Party adopt a Negative Income Tax?

Should the Conservative Party adopt a Negative Income Tax? | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
An article analysing why it is time for Britain to adopt a negative income tax policy. The negative income tax is effective, affordable, and efficient.
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Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion

Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
  An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in its natural habitat: the ground CREDIT: AP Photo/Lockheed Martin Just days before its international debut at an airshow in the United Kingdom, the entire flee...
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Ted Turner Interviews Carl Sagan (Part 3 of 5) - YouTube

Carl Sagan and Ted Turner discuss the issues that are vital to the survival of our species on earth. Sagan explains the benefits of our space program, the fa...
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Google Co-Founder: People Shouldn't Have to Work So Much

Google Co-Founder: People Shouldn't Have to Work So Much | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
Google co-founder Larry Page doesn't want people to work so hard.
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In China, 1,600 People Die Every Day From Working Too Hard

In China, 1,600 People Die Every Day From Working Too Hard | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
White-collar workers are dying from overwork
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Norway: Is world’s largest sovereign wealth fund too big?

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25 Really Engaging Images About Minimum Wage

25 Really Engaging Images About Minimum Wage | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
My "The minimum wage is just fine!" father-in-law really needs to see some of these facts.
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Possible Basic Income supporter, Peter Diamandis of the X Prize, hosts an AMA on July 11 : BasicIncome

Here's an interesting [Q&A with Peter Diamandis](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXdA1lP7DKY) in which he favorably refers to the book, "Robots Will S...
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Could the USA Afford a Basic Income?

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6 minutes | Can America follow the Swiss and afford to give its people a basic income?
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Mexico tried giving poor people cash instead of food. It worked.

Mexico tried giving poor people cash instead of food. It worked. | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
A program in Mexico gave poor people either money or food. Those who got the money ate just as much.
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