In Memory of Gerald Huff (1964-2018)
On November 17, 2018, a true human being named Gerald Huff died of pancreatic cancer. He was a fellow basic income advocate and a friend.
Like me, he was passionate about UBI, so much so that he had been working for five years on his first novel, a work of science fiction about the future we are headed towards, where UBI plays a . . .
My article in Prospect Magazine
Prospect Magazine approached me to write an article for them about what people get most wrong about unconditional basic income. It was published on December 3, 2018. As it exists behind a soft paywall, the full article can be found below. You can also choose to listen to it in audio form.
The idea of an unconditional basic income as . . .
How IP-Funded Basic Income Could Enrich the Public Domain
I've just published a new feature-length article over on Medium "The Zombification of Intellectual Property and the Tool That Could Finally Reform It".
Here's an excerpt:
In the 2009 paper Forever Minus a Day? Calculating Optimal Copyright Term, its author Rufus Pollock of the University of Cambridge . . .
I've just published a new feature-length article over on Medium "Doug Ford Cancelled Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Experiment Because It Was Working".
Here's an excerpt:
It cannot be ignored that the cancellation of a three-year experiment involving real live human beings is an ethical violation of the . . .
I've just published over on Medium "What We Need to Truly Thrive: Democracy and Unconditional Basic Income". It's actually the text of the speech I wrote for my keynote at DemCon 2018 in Ireland.
I've also posted the slide presentation I created for this speech as well to SlideShare.
Here's an . . .
A one-minute case for the power to say NO
The video below was created for The Economist's Open Future contest where everyone has one minute to change the world. This is my minute.
The one thing I would change is no power to say NO...
No. I will not work for a poverty wage. No. I will not be abused. No. I will not be dominated, or controlled, or coerced . . .
Markets can't tell the difference between a lack of demand and a lack of ability to express demand
Do you like markets? Well, whether you like them or not, they're pretty effective in most cases. The ability for two people to make an exchange where both feel they leave the exchange better off than prior to the exchange is a powerful thing. It's a form of democracy. By exchanging money for goods and services, people in markets are . . .