Guess What Happened When Liberia Tested a Pilot Program of Cash Transfers to the Extreme Poor in Bomi
Further evidence of the potential of basic income
I'm always on the lookout for more scientific evidence of what happens when people are provided cash incomes unconditionally. Recently I found something new, a pilot program tested in Bomi and Maryland Counties in Liberia that started in 2009 and ended in late 2014. Implemented by the Liberian Ministry of Gender and Development with . . .
New Medium Article: If we no longer force people to work to meet their basic needs, won't they stop working?
Read the article I published on Medium on February 20th, 2015.
Summary: This article was originally a blog I posted here first. It goes into our system of involuntary work for others, the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations behind voluntary work, and how universal basic income is both the right thing and the smart thing to do in recognition . . .
(in the United States)
As you may already know, I'm actively crowdfunding a basic income of $12,000 per year, and am currently about 20% of the way there. (Thank you, Patreon patrons!) I chose this amount because I advocate the starting level of a basic income guarantee in the U.S. be set here, defined as being just above the poverty level (in 2015).
One of the . . .
The fallacy of "the luddite fallacy"
There are a lot of people wondering about the answer to this question, and drawing conclusions like 47% of all current jobs are at risk of being automated within 20 years. . . .
Can the savings of basic income exceed the costs?
Read the article I published on Medium on February 5th, 2015.
Summary: This article starts with an introduction to how hugely cost-saving vaccines are, especially our use of them to eradicate smallpox. It then asks if poverty could be like smallpox and goes into basic income's potential as a social vaccine to eradicate it, and the . . .
The question of child allowances
This is a question that shows a particular perspective in the very way it's framed.
What about this question instead:
"Why should kids get basic incomes too, and not just adults?"
They might look like they are basically the same, but they contain different viewpoints.
Here's the deal. I advocate a universal basic income of . . .
UBI as Universal Room and Board
Yes, it's true. I actually made this Futurama-inspired image recently to celebrate my life's most recent milestone at age thirty-seven, and it climbed to the front page of Reddit. The fact it was upvoted by almost 4,000 people I think says something. And what is that something?
There are a lot of people out there with student loans . . .