A new PhD dissertation by Jurgen De Wispelaere explores the political and administrative feasibility of basic income, providing insight on how we can translate basic income from a worthy, general idea to something that is tangible and ready to implement.
“A widespread tendency to think about basic income as a general idea rather than a set of specific policy proposals obscures the
extent to which key design dimensions produce internal disagreement and division between basic income supporters. This internal division has a major impact on the political stability of a broad enacting basic income coalition.” Noting that “internal tensions inherent in basic income design become salient once we consider basic income implementation”.
There “is a fast-expanding interest in the universal, unconditional basic income, which is usually presented as a measure for combatting poverty. But basic income is much more than that because it addresses the basic human right without which all other rights are impossible: the right to material existence.”
A Basic Income in Canada must address the needs of all women.
$ needs to go to every individual – not households
$ needs to be enough – enough to provide for a dignified life
$ needs to be guaranteed – there should not be barriers, tests, work enforcements, clawbacks, or welfare/administration denying you.
What will work for the poorest woman will work for anybody.
Liberal Policy Resolution 97. “BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada advocate for a federal pilot of a basic income supplement in at least one Canadian town or city, in cooperation with the appropriate provincial and municipal government(s).”
“However, if we cannot find a new kind of work for billions of people, we’ll be faced with a new idle class. The obvious conclusion is that the government will just have to give these people money, and there’s been increasing talk about a “basic income”—i.e, any adult who wanted it could have, say, $15,000 a year.” Sam Altman of Y-combinator in his January 2014 blog post.
Today there is a Comment is Free Basic Income piece in the Guardian with lots of discussion.
“For all the apparent expense of the UBI, we would save the small fortune that the state currently spends mopping up the mess of social problems caused overwhelmingly by chronic poverty.”
In our economy, 40% of us live on the edge on insecurity.
Our business leaders know that security and growth are synonymous. The IMF notes that “political instability significantly reduces economic growth, both stastically and economically”. http://goo.gl/GH3Pej
Our personal insecurity leads to an inability to invest in ourselves. We desperately need economic security. We need it to make plans and invest in our society’s future.
Basic Income Vancouver is part of growing network working to make economic security all Canadians a reality. #basicneedsbasicincome #basicincomevancouver
We have to get to a point in society where we talk about work properly. When we say “Not to work” nowadays, what we seem to mean is “Not to earn an income”. And that is not the same thing at all as choosing “not to work”.
One of the bigger challenges for the Basic Income movement is to help people see that both paid and non-paid work are equally productive to our society. And that is a challenging idea. But it a realization that is getting broader acceptance.