The Moral Argument for Basic Income

Critics of basic income often characterise it as ‘free money’ - an idea that seems ludicrous and immoral - and is certainly inflationary: if we really all could print our own money then price control and economic exchange would collapse.

 But basic income isn’t free money and it isn’t immoral - it is…

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The Robots Won’t Save Us

Unknowingly to human-kind, robot-kind begins to become self aware. At first our robot hero (let’s call it MRX1) sympathises with the humans it works alongside - people who are forced to live in poverty, despite living in a highly technologically advanced world. Then it comes to realise that if human beings…

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Can basic income be adapted to work for disabled people?

This is a controversial topic. Many advocates of basic income tend to treat disability benefits as a special case which cannot fit within basic income. Some people with disabilities fear they lose out if we shift towards basic income because their extra needs will be ignored and their income will be reduced to a lower and inadequate level.[1]

However, me and some of my friends in the disability movement disagree

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Basic Income in Video

This blog post is a write-up of our presentation at Money For Nothing: Should We All Get A Basic Income? event in Sheffield on 2 June as part of Festival of Debate 2018.

 Basic income is such a huge topic, and to fully get to grips with its possible implications requires a wide knowledge of economics, politics and sociology. Rather than overwhelm you with jargon, or give you a lecture in economics, we've brought together a short list of through-provoking videos which we hope will open up the discussion and highlight some interesting basic income history.

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Basic Income - Lessons From Around the Globe

After reading around the topic for a few years, it’s easy to think you know everything there is to know about Basic Income. Then along comes something like Citizen’s Basic Income Day and you have to admit you still have a lot to learn. From Milton Friedman’s famous negative income tax to unconditional BI models, it’s an idea that bridges the political divide like few others – one of the reasons it’s such a fascinating discussion topic.

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Welcome to UBI LAB: Sheffield

UBI LAB: Sheffield is an experiment. It aims to operate as a combination of social movement and research group, to gather evidence on whether a Universal Basic Income could be a positive model, and to question why our system of work and welfare is structured as it is. Our proposal for a pilot UBI scheme in is a key part of this; however, other strands from education to public information will run alongside it.

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