Basic Income Europe
02/21/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
"The JG will only be beneficial to those searching for jobs – any job, we can assume in desperation – and cannot find them. For those currently and comfortably employed it would be innocuous, and for those who actually choose not to be employed (whether presently employed or not), in order to have time to pursue their passions and talents, it would only cause suffering and would be a waste of...
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Basic income is superior to the job guarantee | Basic Income News
Basic Income Europe
yesterday at 18:00. Facebook
"Purpose, meaning, and social connection sound like very deep and profound things; they also sound like things people would be aware of. Yet, supposedly, millions of people are engaging in hours and hours of an activity which connects them to others, while also providing a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives, without them knowing that this is going on. That’s why giving them money they...
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Work, meaning, and the basic income | Basic Income News
Basic Income Europe
yesterday at 12:00. Facebook
"I know what you’re thinking. It’s the same thing most people think when they’re new to the idea. Giving money to everyone for doing nothing? That sounds both incredibly expensive and a great way to encourage people to do nothing. Well, it may sound counter-intuitive, but the exact opposite is true on both accounts. What’s incredibly expensive is not having basic income, and what really...
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Why we should all have a basic income
Basic Income Europe
02/19/2017 at 18:00. Facebook
The concept of basic income gathered interest from legislators and governments in the US and Canada in the 1970 resulting in local experiments, but the experiment in Finland is the first nation-wide randomized field experiment on the idea.

The question of how to find meaningful employment for those in the margins of labor market has urgent relevance throughout the Western world. As...
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Universal Basic Income: Does the Carrot Work Better than the Stick?
Basic Income Europe
02/19/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
"I believe that when automation comes, we will have enough extra money that the math will work," he told Business Insider. In other words, when robots and artificial intelligence replace huge swaths of the American labor force, basic income could sustain the displaced workers.

One of the biggest VCs in Silicon Valley explains how basic income could fail in America
Basic Income Europe
02/18/2017 at 18:00. Facebook
"The real question is, which structures should be reformed and which not. The existing welfare state has obviously failed in many ways to provide effective welfare for all people, and it is impossible to reform the system (for the better) without breaking a few eggs."

Comments on Jacobin's "The UBI Bait and Switch" | Basic Income News
Basic Income Europe
02/18/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
Founded in September 2016, the German political party Bündnis Grundeinkommen (“Basic Income League”) is devoted to a single issue: the establishment of an unconditional basic income in Germany.

GERMANY: Basic Income Party on Ballot in State Election | Basic Income News
Basic Income Europe
02/17/2017 at 18:00. Facebook
"Manufacturing jobs are not going to come back. And in time automation will begin to affect the professional class as well. Those who depended on such jobs should be dealt with or our nation is going to suffer catastrophic consequences."

Funding basic income through data mining | Basic Income News
Basic Income Europe
02/17/2017 at 11:53. Facebook
Bill Gates thinks the robot that takes your job should have to pay taxes.
Basic Income Europe
02/16/2017 at 18:00. Facebook
A cross-party committee of the Scottish Parliament will hold a committee meeting on basic income on March 9, which will be broadcast live on television.

SCOTLAND: Parliamentary Committee to investigate UBI | Basic Income News
Basic Income Europe
02/16/2017 at 16:34. Facebook
"...we need a definition of poverty to implement Basic Income. However, labeling it with a threshold number is both necessary and self-defeating. It is not possible to implement Basic Income without pinning down the benefit and cost numbers, yet focusing on these numbers distracts from the positive principles that would muster support for them. Framing the question of what poverty is in such a...
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What Is Poverty, Exactly? | Basic Income News
Basic Income Europe
02/15/2017 at 16:34. Facebook
"How was it possible to provoke such a heated conversation despite the overall chances of turning the UBI into law being low? The survey data indicates a simple answer: voters - to a large extent - are convinced that UBI is the social policy of the future. Overall, 69% of the voters in the representative survey expect a second vote on UBI in the future. A whole 63% of voters who chose to...
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The Swiss Universal Basic Income Vote 2016: What’s Next?
Basic Income Europe
02/15/2017 at 11:18. Facebook
Next time someone tells you there is no money to finance basic income, here is a good place to start:

ECB should give money directly to citizens
Basic Income Europe
02/14/2017 at 14:24. Facebook
"With automation, there will come abundance," Musk said. "Almost everything will get very cheap."

Elon Musk doubles down on universal basic income: 'It's going to be necessary'
Basic Income Europe
02/14/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
Videos of two lectures on Finland’s basic income pilot are now available online. The lectures, delivered by Marjukka Turunen and Olli Kangas of Kela, were originally aired as part of a public event on Finland’s “social innovations”.

VIDEO: Officials at Finnish Social Insurance Institution explain Finland's basic income trial | BIEN
"One solution for addressing poverty and income inequality in the 21st century is Universal Basic Income (UBI, also known as unconditional basic income, or basic income guarantee). This system is an “income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement”.[4] UBI resembles certain social security systems already in effect in various countries, such...
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Universal Basic Income: Empirical Studies - Seven Pillars Institute
"The “free money” ideal behind the universal basic income is as radical as it is attractive. The universal basic income is a more cost efficient replacement for current welfare systems as a method of alleviating poverty. Swiss and Finnish governments have recently launched basic income experiments, but the U.S. government has yet to follow in the footsteps of its European counterparts. Canada...
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Ethics of Universal Basic Income - Seven Pillars Institute
Since 2013, Oxford University academics Carl Frey and Michael Osborne have done seminal work on automation risks for jobs, quoted by most studies on the subject. Their 2016 work with Craig Holmes and a team of Citibank employees listed some of the most automation-endangered professions.

Machines Can Replace Millions of Bureaucrats
Universal basic income UBI pilot programs are in the works; here's a look at where these UBI pilot programs are, what they're like, and which are coming.

Universal Basic Income: UBI Pilot Programs Around the World
On November 19, 2016, the BBC podcast In the Balance aired an episode called “Universal Basic Income: Has its Time Come?”

Special guests included Michael Faye (cofounder of GiveDirectly, the non-profit launching a basic income experiment in Kenya), Louise Haagh (Reader of Politics at the University of York and Co-Chair of BIEN), Michael Tanner (Senior Fellow of the CATO Institute), and Ian...
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AUDIO: BBC World Service episode “Universal Basic Income: Has its Time Come?” | BIEN