Debate: Basic Income: A Way Forward for the Left?

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Socialist Project on Apr 15, 2017

The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been championed by both progressives and conservatives. Not everyone on the left, however, is behind the idea. Is the UBI a means of redistributing wealth, attacking poverty and protecting workers from technological displacement? Or will basic income serve to advance an agenda of austerity and privatization?

This important debate features two speakers speaking in favour of the left support for Basic Income and two against.

* John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) [speaking against]
* Jessica Sikora, OPSEU Local 586 [speaking against]
* Josephine Grey, Low Income Families Together (LIFT) [speaking in favour]
* Guy Caron, MP (NDP) and Federal Leadership Candidate [speaking in favour]

Moderator: Avi Lewis, The Leap.
Opening remarks: Kikélola Roach, Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice & Democracy, Ryerson University.

Recorded in Toronto, 13 March 2017.

from the archives:

A Basic Income Is Less Than Meets The Eye by Pete Dolack

Universal Basic Income–Not The Answer, Yet But Needs To Be Discussed by Graham Peebles

How Bankers Became the Top Exploiters of the Economy by Michael Hudson

If This Is The Last Century Of Capitalism, What Will Replace It? by Pete Dolack

If We Don’t Solve The Problem Of Economic Polarization, We’re Going To Go Into Another Dark Age by Michael Hudson

Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich by Dariel Garner

We Are So Poor Because They Are So Rich by Dariel Garner

see also:

Basic income – too basic, not radical enough by Michael Roberts