The policy of guaranteeing every citizen a universal basic income is gaining support around the world, as automation increasingly makes jobs obsolete. But can it be funded without raising taxes or triggering hyperinflation? In a panel I was on at the NexusEarth cryptocurrency conference in Aspen September 21-23rd, most participants said no. This is my rebuttal.
A basic income — the concept of everybody getting a regular check from the government regardless of circumstance — is one of those ideas that sound wonderful on the surface but proves to be much less so once we examine the details.
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?
The Next System Project’s Adam Simpson sat down with renowned economist and economic historian Michael Hudson to discuss economic deceptions old and new. Michael Hudson is Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and a prolific writer about the global economy and predatory financial practices. Among his latest books are Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy and its follow-up J is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception.
Poverty blights the lives of billions of people throughout the world: in developing countries, where it is acute, and industrialised nations, where it’s hidden but growing. It rises out of social injustice, makes exploitation and abuse inevitable, brings death and disease, robs people of opportunity and dignity, feeds anger and resentment.
Bernie Sanders supporters are flocking to Jill Stein, the presumptive Green Party presidential candidate, with donations to her campaign exploding nearly 1000% after he endorsed Hillary Clinton. Stein salutes Sanders for the progressive populist movement he began and says it is up to her to carry the baton. Can she do it? Critics say her radical policies will not hold up to scrutiny. But supporters say they are just the medicine the economy needs.
Over and above the greed and corruption of wealthy and powerful individuals, the leaked ‘Panama Papers’ revealed the need for a worldwide, standardised tax code, as part of a radical new global economic model. Not globalisation – which is ideologically based, designed by the ruling elite and set up to serve the interests of national and multi-national corporations and banks, but a new and just system designed to meet the needs of everyone, with sharing and social justice at its heart.
Default on the public debt, nationalization of the banks, and a citizen dividend could actually save the Italian economy.
Comedian Beppe Grillo was surprised himself when his Five Star Movement got 8.7 million votes in the Italian general election of February 24-25th. His movement is now the biggest single party in the chamber of deputies, says The Guardian, which makes him “a kingmaker in a hung parliament.”
Note: replaced videos April 22, 2011
CornFlu on Apr 21, 2011
22:46 – Mar 25, 2009
Part One of Six Parts: Credit As A Public Utility: The Solution to the Economic Crisis
“Our Early Political Leaders Warned Us Against the Banking Interests”
Written and Produced by Richard C. Cook
Richard C. Cook proposes “A Bailout for the People: Dividend Economics and the Basic Income Guarantee.” Cook is a former analyst for the U.S. federal government. His book on monetary reform “We Hold These Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform” is available at http://www.amazon.com. He can be contacted at richardccook.com
A Bailout for the People:
Dividend Economics and the Basic Income Guarantee
By Richard C. Cook
Prepared for a Presentation at the
8th Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network and
2009 Eastern Economics Association Annual Conference
Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers
New York, N.Y., February 27
The existing monetary system is not free enterprise, and it is not capitalism. It is cancer.
Isn’t it Finally Time to Enact a Basic Income Guarantee?