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To Reduce Inequality, Tax Wealth, Not Income

The real threat to our long-term prosperity is wealth inequality, so we need a progressive wealth tax.
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Reflecting on Basic Income
Our current economic world order is dying. To make sure lots of people don;'t die along with it a basic income has become critical. Without basic income there won't be anything resembling "civilization" on this planet 50 years from now.
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René Heeskens - Earth dividend and Global Basic Income: a promising partnership

Article: Does Basic Income Make Sense as a Worldwide Project?
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Why the Tech Elite Is Getting Behind Universal Basic Income - VICE

Why not give money to people just for being alive?
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North Bay wants in on basic income

North Bay wants in on basic income | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
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The War On Drugs Is One Long Human Rights Violation

The War On Drugs Is One Long Human Rights Violation | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
Health officials speak out against a global drug policy gone horribly wrong
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Martin Luther King Jr. was decades ahead of his time in advocating for a universal basic income

Martin Luther King Jr. was decades ahead of his time in advocating for a universal basic income | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
Humans aren't as necessary as they once were for carrying out basic tasks, manual and otherwise. Robots are doing more and more of those jobs, threatening to displace large numbers of workers and prompting experts from economists to Elon Musk to ask whether now is the time to implement a universal basic income, a social safety net that would provide unconditional cash payments t
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Mark Blyth and Wendy Schiller – Election 2016: What Happened and Why?

The result is in - but does it really matter and for whom does it matter? Will the U.S. p​resident-elect be able to address the problems faced by the voter
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Why we should all have a basic income

Why we should all have a basic income | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
It's like we live in a game of Monopoly but we're no longer collecting money for passing Go. A universal basic income would correct this, writes Scott Santens.
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Millennials earn 20% less than Boomers did at same stage of life

Millennials earn 20% less than Boomers did at same stage of life | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
Downward mobility: Their student debt is drastically higher and "I think the opportunities have just been fading away."
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Christo Aivalis, "Basic income: libertarian wedge or a plank towards a socialist future?" | BIEN

Christo Aivalis, "Basic income: libertarian wedge or a plank towards a socialist future?" | BIEN | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
The case for viewing a BIG as part of a “general drive to democratize the economy”
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Why Unconditional Basic Income is Both 'Nightmare and Great Promise'

Why Unconditional Basic Income is Both 'Nightmare and Great Promise' | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
Finland is testing the universal basic income (UBI) policy in a bid to boost employment as the country is slowly recovering from recession. Professor Olli Kangas told Radio Sputnik that the two-year-long experiment is meant to provide evidence that will show whether this strategy is a blessing or an additional burden.
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Obama hints at a Basic Income

"... the next wave of economic dislocations won’t come from overseas. It will come from the relentless pace of automation that makes a lot of good middle class jobs obsolete. And so we’re going to have to forge a new social compact to guarantee all our kids the education they need, to give workers the power to unionize for better wages, to update the social safety net to reflect the way we live now, and make more reforms to the tax code so corporations and the individuals who reap the most from this new economy don’t avoid their obligations to the country that’s made their very success possible."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/us/politics/obama-farewell-address-speech.html
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Matt Bruenig Says The 1% Already Gets A Universal Basic Income - So Why Not One For All?

Matt Bruenig Says The 1% Already Gets A Universal Basic Income - So Why Not One For All? | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
What we have here from Matt Bruenig is a wonderful piece of political rhetoric and an attack of bad economics. Not that this is unusual of course--all too much of good political rhetoric depends upon ignoring good economics. Bruenig's point is that a hefty chunk of the American economy goes [...]
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Kent landlord bans 'battered wives' and single mothers from renting properties

Kent landlord bans 'battered wives' and single mothers from renting properties | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
One of the UK's biggest landlords has instructed agents acting on his behalf not to let his properties to "battered wives", single parents, low income workers, people on zero-hour contracts, or plumbers.
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U.S. investors see more automation, not jobs, under Trump administration

When U.S. President-elect Donald Trump criticized United Technologies Corp's (UTX.N) Carrier unit in November for its plan to move some 800 jobs to Mexico, the parent-company made a swift decision to keep the factory in Indiana.
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Introduce a land value tax to curb gentrification

Say, for instance, that a community group takes over an abandoned piece of land in their neighbourhood and works together to transform it into a thriving and well-used community garden and growing space. This happened in the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1980s.
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A Basic Income for All: Dream or Delusion?

A Basic Income for All: Dream or Delusion? | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
Fundamental shifts in the world of work are eroding traditional social safety nets. Could a universal basic income be the solution?
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EU proposes giving all citizens a universal basic income

EU proposes giving all citizens a universal basic income | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
MEPs have warned European countries must “seriously” consider introducing a general basic income to prepare for wide scale unemployment that could come as a result of robots taking over manual jobs.
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For millennials, financial security may be out of reach, research suggests

For millennials, financial security may be out of reach, research suggests | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
Report finds that millennials earn a full 20 percent less than baby boomers did at their age.
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Uber and Seamless ads reveal how Silicon Valley is screwing us – Sandpaper Suit

Uber and Seamless ads reveal how Silicon Valley is screwing us – Sandpaper Suit | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
“These days, everyone needs a side hustle,” starts the Uber commercial recruiting new drivers. And it’s got bouncy music and the dude is hip and it makes it sound like this is super fun and I’m…
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Capitalism Is Collapsing -- and the Weird Thing Is That Nothing Is Rising to Replace It

Author Wolfgang Streeck describes the phenomenon as “a death from a thousand cuts."
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How Universal Basic Income Could Rescue The Freelance Economy

How Universal Basic Income Could Rescue The Freelance Economy | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
Paying everyone a small amount each month no matter what could make a big difference for freelancers and entrepreneurs.
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Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right

Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
Without basic economic security, people often behave selfishly and vote irresponsibly.
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Upworthy - By providing housing first and asking questions... | Facebook

Upworthy - By providing housing first and asking questions... | Facebook | Reflecting on Basic Income | Scoop.it
By providing housing first and asking questions second, this Canadian city has eliminated homelessness. (via NowThis)
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Why we should give everyone a basic income | Rutger Bregman | TEDxMaastricht

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Rutger Bregman (1988) studied at Utrecht University and th
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