The Tarantino Argument for Unconditional Basic Income
"If we give everyone basic income, people will do nothing but watch TV and play video games."
I've heard and read this more times than I can count over the years, and despite the evidence not supporting that concern at all, and even pointing in the opposite direction, and despite the fact that concern is . . .
New on Medium: "What is there to learn from Finland's basic income experiment? Did it succeed or fail?"
Understanding Finland's experiment of partial basic income and slightly fewer conditions
I've just published a new feature-length article over on Medium where I get into the preliminary results of the basic income experiment in Finland "What is There to Learn From Finland’s Basic Income Experiment? Did It Succeed or Fail?".
Here's an excerpt from the beginning:
After two years of . . .
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 . . .
There's something about unpaid work that I've never actually seen discussed, and that's the cost of the work that's paid...
Discussing the future of work is all the rage these days. Some say we're on the verge of the robot apocalypse of jobs. Others say jobs will always be created in sufficient numbers (and at sufficient rates) and that everything will be fine. Regular readers know where I fall on this particular question, that either way, our goal should be . . .
A New New Hope
In 2015 I was invited to take part in a panel at the Brookings Institution about the future of work in light of accelerating technological advances, and during that panel (which is available on YouTube), I mentioned YouTube as an example of the kind of work I see right now that is new to this world, and yet remains mostly . . .
How new mothers actually use basic income when given it
Once again John Oliver has shone a light on something important we tend to not discuss, and that is the way we in the United States collectively treat those who just gave birth.
We force them right back to work.
That part at the end... where they show the mothers involuntarily forced to return to their jobs... . . .