Debt: Standing’s Eight Giants

In this series Luke explores the Eight Modern Giants introduced by Economist Guy Standing in his recent report Basic Income as Common Dividends. This third article focuses on debt and how austerity has shifted public debt into private debt, burdening the most vulnerable.  Luke goes on to discuss how falling wages have meant the anxiety and … Read moreDebt: Standing’s Eight Giants

Inequality: Standing’s Eight Giants

In this series Luke explores the Eight Modern Giants introduced by Economist Guy Standing in his recent report Basic Income as Common Dividends. This first article sees Luke analyse Inequality, focussing on how existing disparities haven’t come into existence accidentally, but are the consequence of ideology and conscious government policy. He then goes on to … Read moreInequality: Standing’s Eight Giants

Standing’s Eight Giants: Introduction

In this blog Luke Brotherdale Smith talks about how his passion for the Basic Income has developed and introduces a series of articles he is writing. Over the next eight weeks Luke will analyse the eight giants Guy Standing sees as haunting modern Britain and will explore how a Basic Income can combat them. Luke … Read moreStanding’s Eight Giants: Introduction

Exploring Basic Income in Scotland Project Launch

Exploring Basic Income in Scotland is a cross-disciplinary project, funded by Scottish Universities Insight Institute, that looked at the implications of a Basic Income for a variety of intersecting issues. On Tuesday 2 April the report will be launched with a half day conference and evening event at Scottish Parliament. Cleo Goodman, Citizen’s Basic Income … Read moreExploring Basic Income in Scotland Project Launch

Should we welcome Silicon Valley’s support for basic income?

An excellent recent article in Wired, The Paradox of Universal Basic Income, made several interesting points about, among other things, the impact of political motivation on basic income schemes (principally the decision by a conservative government in Finland to only give basic income to the unemployed). It’s a good read. But why is a magazine … Read moreShould we welcome Silicon Valley’s support for basic income?

Ronnie Cowan MSP welcomes Reform Scotland report on Citizen’s Basic Income

On December 5th Ronnie Cowan issued the following press release: SNP MP WELCOMES SUPPORT FOR UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME FROM ‘REFORM SCOTLAND’ SNP MP Ronnie Cowan has welcomed further debate about a basic income guarantee from ‘Reform Scotland’. In a briefing published today, the think tank has said it welcomes the Scottish Government’s move to evaluate … Read moreRonnie Cowan MSP welcomes Reform Scotland report on Citizen’s Basic Income

Is Automation a Man’s Argument for CBI?

The bulk of contemporary political and economic arguments in support of a universal citizen’s basic income recently appears to centre on the threat of automation “Quick the robots are coming, the peasants will revolt – let’s give them a basic income!” or “Quick the robots are coming, we need an alternate income source” It is … Read moreIs Automation a Man’s Argument for CBI?

Alternative Economics and UBI from Upstream

Upstream is a podcast about alternative economics and the role it could play in systemic change. The latest episodes focus on Universal Basic Income, the first as an introduction to the topic and the second on whether a basic income could help bring about the end of capitalism as the dominant economic paradigm. These docu-episodes … Read moreAlternative Economics and UBI from Upstream

Stubborn over Modern

I’m 32. Born 1984. Margaret Thatcher was my Prime Minister (Scotland had no parliament).  I was only allowed to experience free school milk up until the age of seven, after that my mother was expected to pay. My mother brought me up as a single parent (therefore unemployed and forced to become dependent on state … Read moreStubborn over Modern

Basic Income changed my life

By Anne van Dalen, first woman to receive a BI in the Netherlands @vanDalenAnne How did my BI come about It all started in 2014 after donating €5 to a crowdfunding initiative called OnsBasisinkomen.nl (transl. our basic income) which aims to raise funds to provide someone a basic income in order to gain insight in … Read moreBasic Income changed my life

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