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OPINION: European Citizens initiative: A historical campaign has born | Basic Income News

OPINION: European Citizens initiative: A historical campaign has born | Basic Income News | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
After an unsuccessful first attempt, the European Citizens’ Initiative for Unconditional Basic Income finally got accepted by the European Commission, thus opening the possibility for the organizers from 14 European ...
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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...

Livable4All : Historic Proponents of Guaranteed Income (notes... | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
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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INTERNATIONAL: 7th International Basic Income Week, across Europe, September 15-21 | Basic Income News

INTERNATIONAL: 7th International Basic Income Week, across Europe, September 15-21 | Basic Income News | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
This year’s International Basic Income Week is scheduled to run from September 15–21, 2014. Preparations are already under way in Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The organizers invite ...
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What are the greatest contemporary threats to basic income?

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

The New Face of Hunger | Arguments for Basic Income | Scoop.it
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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In Praise of Idleness, by Bertrand Russell | Harper's Magazine

LIKE most of my generation, I was brought up on the saying “Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.” Being a highly virtuous child, I believed all that I was told and acquired a conscience which has kept me working hard down to the present moment. But although my conscience has controlled my actions, my opinions have undergone a revolution. I think that there is far too much work done in the world, that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous, and that what needs to be preached in modern industrial countries is quite different from what always has been preached. Every one knows the story of the traveler in Naples who saw twelve beggars lying in the sun (it was before the days of Mussolini), and offered a lira to the laziest of them. Eleven of them jumped up to claim it, so he gave it to the twelfth. This traveler was on the right lines. But in countries which do not enjoy Mediterranean sunshine idleness is more difficult, and a great public propaganda will be required to inaugurate it. I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.
 

Before advancing my own arguments for laziness, I must dispose of one which I cannot accept. Whenever a person who already has enough to live on proposes to engage in some everyday kind of job, such as school-teaching or typing, he or she is told that such conduct takes the bread out of other people’s mouths, and is, therefore, wicked. If this argument were valid, it would only be necessary for us all to be idle in order that we should all have our mouths full of bread. What people who say such things forget is that what a man earns he usually spends, and in spending he gives employment. As long as a man spends his income he puts just as much bread into people’s mouths in spending as he takes out of other people’s mouths in earning. The real villain, from this point of view, is the man who saves. If he merely puts his savings in a stocking, like the proverbial French peasant, it is obvious that they do not give employment. If he invests his savings the matter is less obvious, and different cases arise.


One of the commonest things to do with savings is to lend them to some government. In view of the fact that the bulk of the expenditure of most civilized governments consists in payments for past wars and preparation for future wars, the man who lends his money to a government is in the same position as the bad men in Shakespeare who hire murderers. The net result of the man’s economical habits is to increase the armed forces of the State to which he lends his savings. Obviously it would be better if he spent the money, even if he spent it on drink or gambling.

But, I shall be told, the case is quite different when savings are invested in industrial enterprises. When such enterprises succeed and produce something useful this may be conceded. In these days, however, no one will deny that most enterprises fail. That means that a large amount of human labor, which might have been devoted to producing something which could be enjoyed, was expended on producing machines which, when produced, lay idle and did no good to anyone. The man who invests his savings in a concern that goes bankrupt is, therefore, injuring others as well as himself. If he spent his money, say, in giving parties for his friends, they (we may hope) would get pleasure, and so would all those on whom he spent money, such as the butcher, the baker, and the bootlegger. But if he spends it (let us say) upon laying down rails for surface cars in some place where surface cars turn out to be not wanted, he has diverted a mass of labor into channels where it gives pleasure to no one. Nevertheless, when he becomes poor through the failure of his investment he will be regarded as a victim of undeserved misfortune, whereas the gay spendthrift, who has spent his money philanthropically, will be despised as a fool and a frivolous person.

All this is only preliminary. I want to say, in all seriousness, that a great deal of harm is being done in the modern world by the belief in the virtuousness of work, and that the road to happiness and prosperity lies in an organized diminution of work.

 

First of all: what is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant
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