In a climate of savage cuts to welfare and public services it would hardly seem the time to propose giving every adult in the country a £1,700 cheque every month for doing absolutely nothing. But the Swiss will soon vote on whether to do just that. Activists have secured sufficient support[...]
"I propose that unemployment is not a disease, but the natural, healthy functioning of an advanced technological society." - Robert Anton Wilson “We should do away with the absolutely specious notion...
In 2014, serious voices from Pope Francis to Thomas Piketty, in his book Capital in the 21st Century, have lamented ever-widening inequality. Others have expressed concern that "the second machine age" of digital technologies will entail th...
An aerial view of the city of Dauphin, Manitoba. Forty years ago, a groundbreaking experiment provided checks to Dauphin’s poorest to raise their incomes to a livable wage. (Photo: Dauphin Economic Development/Facebook)
Some advocates of a basic income guarantee declare the proposal "beyond left and right." Certainly, there have been proposals for basic income from people who identify with both the left and with the right (not to mention many libertarians who dis-identify with the right even though they are a part of it). But it is crucial to be clear on this point: Either basic income secures the democratizing scene of consent from which to bargain in private or demand redress in public, or basic income becomes the pretext for the anti-democratizing dismantlement of the provisions of general welfare and public investment. In the first case basic income is a left wing campaign for equity-in-diversity, in the second a right wing deception for incumbent elites. Far from being beyond "left and right," basic income from the left is emancipatory and basic income from the right is reactionary. Unless basic income advocates are very clear about this distinction they are not clear about anything and of little use to anyone.
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An aerial view of the city of Dauphin, Man. Forty years ago, a groundbreaking experiment provided cheques to Dauphin’s poorest to raise their incomes to a liveable wage. (Photo: Dauphin Economic Development/Facebook)