The UBI already exists. It is just unevenly distributed.

By Matt Bruenig, Peoplespolicyproject.org September 6, 2019 | EDUCATE! Max Sawicky has a piece in Jacobin that again repeats the clearly incorrect claim that it would be impossibly expensive to provide everyone in the country a significant cash grant each year. So what’s wrong with the UBI? In a nutshell, if it’s universal, it can’t be basic, and if it’s basic (provides a decent income …

Finland basic income trial left people ‘happier but jobless’

A recent survey prepared by the International Trade Union Confederation in 16 countries covering 53 percent of the world’s population found that 40 percent of families had experienced unemployment in the last two years. Finland Income Trial, Ashitha Nagesh, BBC News, 8 February 2019 The experiment saw 2,000 people paid €560 (£490) a month, instead of their unemployment benefit. Giving jobless people in Finland …

American Capitalism has failed us: We’re overworked, underemployed and more powerless than ever before

Denmark, Norway and Sweden are all thriving under democratic socialism. Why is it so difficult for us to embrace? Ann Jones / Tom Dispatch, The Nation January 12, 2019 Some years ago, I faced up to the futility of reporting true things about America’s disastrous wars and so I left Afghanistan for another remote mountainous country far away. It was the polar opposite of Afghanistan: a …

Universal Basic Income Is Easier Than It Looks: could actually be funded year after year without driving up taxes or prices

P2P Blog, January 4, 2019  By Ellen Brown  Calls for a Universal Basic Income have been increasing, most recently as part of the Green New Deal introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and supported in the last month by at least 40 members of Congress. A Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a monthly payment to all adults with no strings attached, similar to Social …

Guaranteed basic income demonstration projects

28-year-old Mayor Michael Tubbs is building the first city-led guaranteed income demonstration in the U.S, the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration. The combination of innovative government action and provocative concept drew the national spotlight to Stockton, which Mayor Tubbs proudly describes as “a city on the rise.” Over the course of 2018, SEED grew from an idea to a full-fledged study …

Interview with Robin Chase, Aug 2018

From The Beam and Clean Technica, 24 Aug 2018 An interview with ZipCar founder Robin Chase, by Anne-Sophie Garrigou Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur who became famous for co-founding Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world. The successful entrepreneur wasn’t about to stop there, going on to co-found Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); as …

Stock Buybacks Starving the Economy: A new report finds that big companies could have given their workers thousands of dollars’ worth of raises with the money they spent on their own shares.

“How much might workers have benefited if companies had devoted their financial resources to them rather than to shareholders? Lowe’s, CVS, and Home Depot could have provided each of their workers a raise of $18,000 a year, the report found. Starbucks could have given each of its employees $7,000 a year, and McDonald’s could have given $4,000 to each of …

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy: The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.

By MATTHEW STEWART in the Atlantic, May 2018 The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy: The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.   1. The Aristocracy Is Dead … For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often …

Guaranteed jobs

Electric Power Board technicians work on Chattanooga’s smart grid. (AP Photo via S&C Electric Company / Christopher Berkey) Progressives have begun to dream more boldly. We have graduated from a public option to single payer. From lower sentences to eliminating cash bail. From motor-voter to automatic-voter registration. From affordable to free college. And from a $15 minimum wage to guaranteed good …

Considerations for the future of alternative welfare systems

From https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/basic-income-in-the-long-now-three-critical-considerations-for-the-futures-of-alternative-welfare-systems/2018/02/14 By imbuing the UBI debate with a more systems-oriented and commons perspective, I have argued that an important shift is made from income and work as such to deeper interrelated questions of 1.) rights, capabilities and effective access; 2.) forms of deliberation, governance, entrepreneurship, collective care and accounting; 3.) forms and scales of pooling resources and work, and; 4.) …