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An Alternative to Austerity | The Nation

An Alternative to Austerity | The Nation | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
In the looming debt-ceiling fight, progressives must make the case for protecting social programs, raising revenues and cutting the Pentagon budget.
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Basic Income - A seasoned idea which is now relevant to Britain.

Basic Income - A seasoned idea which is now relevant to Britain. | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
While embodying a hive mind of youthful resentment against the establishment, social media site Reddit has made an increasing influence on what we see on our everyday timelines and news tickers. Th...
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Giving everyone a basic income would work for the same reasons Social Security does

Giving everyone a basic income would work for the same reasons Social Security does | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
Left-of-center writers have issued three thoughtful critiques of a universal basic income in recent days. Here's why I think they're mistaken.
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The Living Income Guaranteed Proposal - Living Income Guaranteed

The Living Income Guaranteed Proposal - Living Income Guaranteed | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
Economic & Political Solution for Everyone, Everywhere
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The other side of Basic Income: Basic Jobs

The other side of Basic Income: Basic Jobs | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
Basic Income has been the talk of the town in a lot of circles recently, thanks to a handful of nationally publicized articles and reaching the front-page of social media hodgepodge, Reddit.  What ...
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Basic universal income gets even more traction—from both sides of the aisle

Basic universal income gets even more traction—from both sides of the aisle | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
I wrote yesterday morning at Hullabaloo about the growing momentum toward basic universal income as a mainstream policy idea. The idea is attractive for a number of reasons, and appeals…
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Paul Ryan's anti-poverty plan would cost a staggering amount of money

Paul Ryan's anti-poverty plan would cost a staggering amount of money | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
His ideas about tailoring safety net services to individuals sound great—but the costs would be staggering.
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Re-conceiving basic income so that it's not merely a subsistence-level form of support, but so it can serve as an energetic means for facilitating radical, and highly beneficial, social change • /r...

Re-conceiving basic income so that it's not merely a subsistence-level form of support, but so it can serve as an energetic means for facilitating radical, and highly beneficial, social change • /r... | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
One of the ideas I'm holding has to do with the radical transformation of the entire monetary system. I'd like to shift our monetary system away from ...
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We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does

We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
Robots will drive our cars, manufacture our goods, and do our chores.
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Livable4All : Historic Proponents of Guaranteed Income (notes...

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Historic Proponents of Guaranteed Income (notes for the slides) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBTEAf6ZT7Q
1) Fourth World: The Imprisoned, the Poor, the Sick, the Elderly and Underaged in America Leo...
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The Limits of Capitalism, and the Emergence of Organic Systems Awareness | Eileen Workman

The Limits of Capitalism, and the Emergence of Organic Systems Awareness | Eileen Workman | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
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Big business loves desperate workers

Big business loves desperate workers | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
A desperate worker is a cheap and compliant worker for big business.
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Parasitic Surfers and the Unconditional Basic Income: A Debate

Parasitic Surfers and the Unconditional Basic Income: A Debate | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
I want to write a few posts about the basic income over the next couple of months. This is part of an ongoing interest I have in the future of work and solutions to the problem of technological unemployment. I’ll start by looking at a debate between Philippe van Parijs and Elizabeth Anderson about the justice of an unconditional basic income (UBI).
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[Special report] Basic income movement gaining momentum worldwide

[Special report] Basic income movement gaining momentum worldwide | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
In 2016, South Korea will host the Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network
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We're all us - Pay Me To Stare At The Clouds - YouTube

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What are the greatest contemporary threats to basic income?

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I think it's the political climate in general.
 

1) People have stockholm syndrome, they've been told this is the best they can do and they believe it.


2) Protestant work ethic. Obsession with work. Almost violent opposition for people who dare question this work ethic, and tons of character slander for doing so.


3) People have some horrible misunderstandings about how our economy actually works. They don't have a sort of clear systems thinking like many of us do. While we see exactly how trickle down economics fails to provide, many people still blame poverty on laziness, and seem to be living in a fantasy world in which anyone can make it if only they try hard enough.


4) Right wing controlled narrative. We won the cold war, capitalism is perfect, and anyone who thinks different is a communist.


5) People lack the stomach to do what needs to be done. People pay lip service to the poverty problem, but then won't do anything about it because they think taxes are evil. They think the solution is creating more opportunity, but if you have a good understanding of the system, which as I mentioned many people don't, they'll realize that their solutions don't work and you need to think outside the box. They literally can't seem to wrap their heads around what it actually takes to solve the problem. And even if they do understand, they have backwards solutions. For example, one person I talked to today realized that there arent enough jobs for people, but his solution was to focus on immigration and stop poor people from reproducing. This explains a lot of conservatism actually. They recognize there arent enough jobs, but instead of rethinking distribution, they turn to what seems to amount to the vitriolic xenophobia we see and say poor people wouldnt reproduce.


6) Crab mentality. People screwed by the system think because they're miserable, other people should suffer too, because it's not fair their life sucks, everyone's life must suck too.

There's also the question of affordability, since UBI just barely makes it under more abstract proposals (keep in mind my $12k/4k/40% plan is pretty abstract), and I think funding could be a challenge in practice when one accounts for problems like corporate tax evasion. Right wingers like to play on this and go on about how it cant be done and how it will literally destroy the economy. I think there will be consequences, but i dont think that they'll be that dire.


In short, as you can see, I really pick on the right here. Which is why I come off as so anti conservative on this sub...because I really do think to a large extent modern conservatism, and its obsession with work and unfettered capitalism and its hatred of "free money" and anything that promotes "laziness" or requires taxes is a problem. I know how right wingers think, and while more intellectual ones like we sometimes see on here are for it due to the reduction of bureaucracy, there are a ton of reasons for them to hate the idea, because ultimately, they do have an obsession with work ethic, a hatred toward taxes, a love affair with capitalism, and a stockholm syndrome that makes them think unfettered capitalism i the best we can do. I mean, let's face it, a majority of anti UBI articles we see on here recently are from right wing websites like Red State. That's our opposition. Those are the people we need to fight politically to have a shot at getting UBI implemented.
 
 

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Basic Incomes: An Answer For Both Sides?

Basic Incomes: An Answer For Both Sides? | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
Imagine a society where someone loses their job and there isn’t instant panic and fear of eviction, foreclosure, or at worst, homelessness and starvation.
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Why the basic income movement will be mainstream soon

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Should we all get €12,000 a year? - The Local

Should we all get €12,000 a year? - The Local | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
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"The Icing on the Cake" from StoryCorps - YouTube

Blanca Alvarez and her husband risked crossing the border to immigrate into the U.S. and then struggled to make ends meet. They hoped to shelter their childr...
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The Pragmatic Case for a Basic Income

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PDC: Tax and Welfare Policy version 2 - Pirate Party Australia Wiki

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INTERNATIONAL: Press React to BIEN Congress in Montreal | Basic Income News

INTERNATIONAL: Press React to BIEN Congress in Montreal | Basic Income News | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
[Josh Martin] The 2014 BIEN International Congress took place in Montreal at McGill University from June 27 to June 29.  Among the hundreds of attendees were academics from a variety ...
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What the 1% Don't Want You to Know - YouTube

Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy - the very system our founders revolted against. Visit the Bill Moyers site to...
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The New Face of Hunger

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Why are people malnourished in the richest country on Earth?
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Widerquist on Freedom and the Basic Income

This post is part of an ongoing series I’m doing on the unconditional basic income (UBI). The UBI is an income grant payable to a defined group of people (e.g. citizens, or adults, or everyone) within a defined geo-political space. The income grant could be set at various levels, with most proponents thinking it should be at or above subsistence level, or at least at the maximum that is affordable in a given society. In my most recent post, I looked at Van Parijs’s famous defence of the UBI. Today, I look at Widerquist’s critique of Parijs, as well as his own preferred justification for the UBI.
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