A really strong piece from a Finnish source on how necessary and amazing basic universal income will be.
It’s not just about automation and robots…
Basic income and the new universalism
The Next Era tulevaisuustalo.fi
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The World Economic Forum, that big playa convention at Davos, saw some discussion of basic income. That’s kinda incredible. The elites must be getting nervous about inequality, populism and automation. They ought to be. Livestream content from the WEF featuring UK academic and basic income champion Guy Standing is available HERE (52:02).
Here’s a BBC primer on basic income. We liked the interactive global map of basic income projects with this item.
One thing, though. Let’s not be calling basic income ‘free money’ or ‘money for nothing’ please. Casual phrases like that activate negative reactions in people before they understand the benefits.
Prince Edward Island has joined the growing roster of places taking action to test out basic income. A Green Party initiative has received unanimous political support in the provincial legislature. Nice PEI, nice.
Ask the expert: can we end poverty?
United Way Toronto & York Region
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Who better than the Scots to lead us all in a ferocious charge right for the throats of neoliberalism and austerity? None.
Good news, even as winter approaches: in 2017 Ontario can expect to see a basic income pilot project. Hopefully that means that Canada’s largest province is on the path to adopting a benefit regime that will truly secure its people against poverty. We’ve been sold on the idea of a universal right to an income for as long as we can remember. It seems to us that nearly every form of social difficulty could be improved upon if nobody in this society was below a certain level. On the other hand, we could indeed be looking at yet another ‘cycle of consultation’. You know, another rationalised round of reportage, fact gathering and public hearings that kick the issue of poverty down the road and toward the next election. Public pressure might make all the difference, though.
Extra bonus: it would seem a good way to innoculate our society against the rise of Trumpist-style influences, a comprehensive ticket to change for the better. This winter thoughts of a basic income will be keeping the staff at suburban-poverty.com feeling warm inside.
Basic income pilot consultation
Basic income can reduce food insecurity and improve health
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
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How on Earth could anyone think a whack-job Manhattan zillionaire hijacking the Republican Party and then the Presidency represents the beginnings of anything good for America? For America’s poor? Nope. Nope. Nope.
Things are about to get much worse for poor Americans
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It must be love, the way we keep on coming back to basic income on this blog. Expecting a deeper discussion of the matter in the near future.
A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: A policy maker’s guide to basic income
(link to 42-page .pdf file)
A second CCPA report:
Basic income: rethinking social policy
(link to 62-page .pdf file)