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Basic Income is now a dominant discussion in India's 2019 general election

India becomes first nation to debate the details of how best to begin to implement UBI nationwide

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With the historic announcement by India's opposition party of an intention to implement basic income for the poor (not UBI), just two years after India's 2016-2017 Economic Survey called UBI "the shortest path to . . .

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January 31, 2019

"The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct, and immediate abolition of poverty." — Martin Luther King Jr.

About MLK's advocacy for basic income

It is not as widely known as it should be, but Martin Luther King Jr. wrote and spoke about the need for an unconditional basic income before he was killed. Here is a video of him speaking about UBI at Stanford in 1967.

One of the answers it seems to me, is a guaranteed annual income, a guaranteed minimum income for . . .

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January 21, 2019

The Monsters, Inc. Argument for Unconditional Basic Income

How to convert an economy based on fear to one based on joy

Every year since 2002, there is a North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress held in either the US or Canada. On the eve of this year’s NABIG in Hamilton, Ontario, I’d like to share with you my favorite presentation from 2017. It was a talk given by Ken Burak and it centered around the Pixar film “Monsters, Inc” as an argument for basic . . .

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May 18, 2018

Don't Make People in Need Jump Through Hoops for Food

A letter-to-the-editor in opposition of imposing stricter work requirements for food stamps

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The Trump administration has recently proposed adding what I consider to be some pretty counterproductive new requirements for SNAP (aka food stamp) recipients. In response to this, I immediately signed a public statement in defense of SNAP as an advocate of unconditional basic income because we should be going in the direction of . . .

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April 30, 2018

Eating food will fail to reduce malnutrition, new report warns

How to recognize when an anti-UBI title is "fake news"

The OECD recently published a report on basic income as a policy option for the future of work. It concluded that universal basic income would require large tax increases to avoid increasing poverty. Others have since picked up on the report with headlines like, "Universal basic income would fail to cut poverty, says OECD" which . . .

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June 06, 2017

True Freedom Comes with Basic Income

I published a new article today on Medium titled "True Freedom Comes with Basic Income". An earlier version of this article was originally published over 18 months ago, but was removed and has been unavailable for over a year.

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“I can’t not do this, because I need the money…”—The thought underlying all . . .

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November 11, 2016

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