Category Archives: UBI

Funding UBI

One argument against any Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) is how will it be funded? As The Universal Right to Capital Income argues, “If a universal basic income is to be legitimate, it cannot be financed by taxing Jill to pay … Continue reading

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Productivity Growth Omega Point

Productivity has been growing for years. Which means fewer and fewer people are needed to produce the amount of stuff that people have been buying. So there are layoffs. Unemployed people don’t spend as much, so demand drops. Some jobs … Continue reading

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Is Financial Security a Right?

The title of Financial Security Should be the Next Human Right puts me off. I’m tired of people who feel entitled to a free ride. What the post is talking about is more in line with a floor or safety … Continue reading

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Basic Income and Inequality

Universal Basic Income (UBI), a grant of enough money to live on for all citizens or residents, is an idea being considered in a number of countries. Basic income for all could lift millions out of poverty – and change … Continue reading

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The Capitalist Cure for Terrorism

I have been working on a project exploring the similarities between rebuilding a crime infested community and counter-insurgency. Both are about strengthening the good guys as well as discouraging the bad guys. The good and the bad guys look the … Continue reading

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Capitalism for the Masses

Capitalism For The Masses makes me nervous and squirm about. It’s a well thought out proposal. I like the idea of increasing the pool of capitalists by reducing the barriers to entry. And by reducing the average size of businesses, … Continue reading

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US Founding Father Favored UBI

Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive starts from the Swiss proposal for an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) and adds some history. Thomas Paine, one of the most prolific writers on the independence of the American colonies from England, … Continue reading

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UBI – Safety Foundation?

Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) is the idea of a certain fixed amount of income for all residents or citizens without any qualification. A new political party in Holland is proposing New political party wants € 1,000 basic income for everyone … Continue reading

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Economist Looks at Swiss Proposal

Two days ago I posted on the basics of the Swiss Unconditional Basic Income proposal.  It is garnering some attention.  An interesting article at Salon.com, Rather than savage cuts, Switzerland considers “Star Trek” economics, looks at the implications.  The economist they … Continue reading

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Unconditional Basic Income Gaining Traction

I wrote several months ago on Unconditional Basic Income, the idea that everyone is guaranteed an income, usually just above the poverty level. There are several trends pushing society in that direction. Now advocates in Switzerland have gained enough signatures … Continue reading

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