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Ro Khanna, Candidate for Congress in Silicon Valley

agrees Basic Income
At a time when machines are replacing low- and middle-income workers, we want there to be an incentive to get people to a basic income.
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Nick Hanaeur, Billionaire, Amazon Investor

agrees Basic Income
As we have ever higher rates of technological innovation, and every higher rates of automation, the basic guaranteed income is one such innovation which indeed may be a phenomenal idea. We need to try it.
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Alec Ross, Former Senior Innovation Advisor to Hillary Clinton, currently running for Governor of Maryland

agrees Basic Income
The economy continues to develop in the way it is with bounty and more spread, more billionaires, and more struggling members of the working class. I do think that there will be more and more momentum for safety-net programs like basic income.
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Martin Ford, Author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

agrees Basic Income
Another reason for a basic income - Old and on the Street: The Graying of America’s Homeless
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Lord Robert Skidelsky, Economist

agrees Basic Income
An unconditional basic income would make part-time work a possibility for many who now have to work full-time at minimum wages; it would also start to give all workers the same choice as to how much to work, and under what conditions, as is now possessed by owners of substantial capital.
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Tim Worstall, Writer and Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute

agrees Basic Income
An Unconditional Basic Income Is The Solution But The Important Word Here Is Basic
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Klaus Wellershof, Chairman of the Board of Wellershoff & Partners. Previously Chief Economist at Swiss Bank Corporation

agrees Basic Income
An unbiased support for everyone? I think this principle will eventually assert itself, indeed I believe it is a necessity.
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John Lilly, VC and Former CEO of Mozilla

agrees Basic Income
There was no middle class, then there was a middle class, now we’re back where we started—it’s hollowed out. I don’t see where the middle class is going to come from. You’ll start seeing more conversation about a guaranteed income.

Barbara Ehrenreich, Author of Nickel and Dimed

agrees Basic Income
[Martin Ford's] solution is blindingly obvious: As both conservatives and liberals have proposed over the years, we need to institute a guaranteed annual minimum income
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Timothy Lutts, Chief Analyst, Cabot Stock of the Month

agrees Basic Income
A Guaranteed Basic Income is an idea worth considering.
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Ailsa McKay, Feminist Economist

agrees Basic Income
A Citizens Basic Income (CBI) would ensure that the financial gains from paid work were always positive and would provide a more secure base for individuals to opt in and out of the labour market, thus promoting greater flexibility with respect to individual life choices.
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Martin Ravallion, Economist

agrees Basic Income
A basic-income guarantee would dominate net workfare earnings in terms of the impact on poverty for a given budgetary outlay.
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The Guardian, British national daily newspaper

disagrees Basic Income
A regular sum paid to all citizens or residents, whether or not they are in work, will not solve the problems of earnings inequality and stagnant wage growth
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Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

How many researchers on this list are US immigrants? If not for immigration, the US wouldn't be a leader in AI
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Bryan Caplan, GMU econ professor, blogger, author

disagrees Basic Income
The Universal Basic Income is indeed worse than the status quo. In fact, all the fundamental criticisms of the welfare state apply with even greater force.
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E. Calvin Beisner, Founder and National Spokesman

disagrees Carbon Tax
A carbon tax would be bad for the poor, and everyone else
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Patrick Michaels, Climatologist

disagrees Carbon Tax
The fact that there isn’t any temperature trend whatsoever in the last 16 years is forcing scientists to confront the reality that the carbon taxers are choosing to evade
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Lawrence Summers, Economist and Harvard University Professor

agrees Carbon Tax
But there should be no doubt that starting from the current zero tax rate on carbon, increased taxation would be desirable
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Richard Murphy, Professor of Practice in International Political Economy

agrees Basic Income
But best of all, the suggestion is cost neutral, fair, cheap to administer and will always mean work pays fairly. Those are goals all political parties say they share. That is why a basic income should appeal to everyone.
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Tim Martin, Businessman, founder and chairman of Wetherspoons.

agrees Brexit
There is far more uncertainty by staying in Europe … [the EU is having a] sclerotic effect on the whole of Europe which has to be bad for our business.
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Royal Society of Arts, British organisation committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges

agrees Basic Income
Basic Income smoothes work transitions whilst providing security in an age of potentially rapid technological change

Luzi Stamm, Member of parliament for the right-wing Swiss People's Party

disagrees Basic Income
If you would offer every individual a Swiss amount of money, you would have billions of people who would try to move into Switzerland

Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton

agrees Basic Income
We (Edmonton and Calgary) may be in a position to pilot some different solutions. As partners, we may be able to help the Province implement [a basic income guarantee pilot].

Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria, BC

agrees Basic Income
There is a strong link between having a basic income and creating a strong local economy. There is more money to circulate and it supports the ‘buy local’ movement.

Grace Lee Boggs (deceased), Civil rights activist

agrees Basic Income
You can think so much in terms of re-distribution. Or you can begin thinking about justice in terms of restoring another way of life
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Neal Lawson, Chair of Compass, a UK think tank

agrees Basic Income
Even if the robots don’t come, our labour market is so precarious that as it is, it isn’t working. That’s why we need basic income.

Howard Lindzon, Founder and CEO of Stocktwits

agrees Basic Income
What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money? - FiveThirtyEight ... I'm for it. Won't stop me from working harder
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Dr. Jill Stein,

agrees Basic Income
Universal Basic Income is definitely part of the GP platform under Economic Justice & Sustainability
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Erik Olin Wright, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

agrees Basic Income
A generous basic income would contribute to revitalizing a socialist challenge to capitalism
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Angus Deaton, British microeconomist

agrees Basic Income
The government should take care of people with low income and should be pushing basic income grants
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Moshe Vardi, AI and Automation Expert With 30 Yrs Experience

agrees Basic Income
we may have to consider instituting a Basic Income Guarantee
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Sam Harris, American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist

agrees Basic Income
Ultimately we need something like a universal basic income. There has to be someway to distribute this kind of technological wealth more fairly to the rest of the world.

Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax

agrees Basic Income
Time to take a serious look at basic annual guaranteed income

Tantoo Cardinal, Celebrity

agrees Basic Income
This is an invitation to be part of something that really makes sense

Andrew Little, Labor Party Leader in New Zealand

agrees Basic Income
We are keen to have that debate about whether the time has arrived for us to have a system that is seamless, easy to pass through, [with a] guaranteed basic income and [where] you can move in and out of work on a regular basis.

Marshall Brain, Founder of HowStuffWorks

agrees Basic Income
That simple question - "Which scenario is better for the society as a whole?" - lies at the heart of the concept of a Basic Income.

Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

I really think there are two fundamental paths [for humans]: One path is we stay on Earth forever, and some eventual extinction event wipes us out
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Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University & author of Average is Over

disagrees Basic Income
"Let’s send a check to everyone" is an appealing idea, but I've come around to the view that doing so would do more harm than good. [...] It eventually would choke off immigration to the U.S. Voters don't like sending money to immigrants.
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Ralph Nader, Consumer advocate, author and former presidential candidate

agrees Basic Income
Basic income would get rid of chronic capitalism
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Paul Mason, Economics Editor, The Guardian

agrees Basic Income
To benefit from the automation revolution we need a universal basic income, the slashing of working hours and a redefinition of ourselves without work

Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

AI potentially more dangerous than nukes
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Gordon Moore, Co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel. Proponent of Moore's Law

The singularity is unlikely ever to occur because of the complexity with which the human brain operates
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International Labour Organization, International Labour Organization Report

New and available technologies will increasingly allow multinational brands and retailers to bring production closer to markets. Ultimately, ASEAN’s TCF [textile, clothing and footwear] sector may no longer offer jobs to millions who are looking for formal employment opportunities.
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Cancer Research UK, World's largest independent cancer research charity

Researchers estimate that overweight and obesity are behind around 18,000 cases of cancer each year in the UK

Masayoshi Son, Founder and CEO of SoftBank

A superintelligence will become a reality in the next 30 years. If we misuse it, it's a risk.

Sir Richard Roberts, Nobel Prize winner in medicine

In our letter we call upon Greenpeace and like organizations to end their shameful campaign of propaganda and criminal destruction of crops improved by modern genetic technologies, such as GMOs.
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Martin Chalfie, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry

I’m not so sure we’re any more special than other scientists who have looked at the evidence involved, but we have considerably more visibility because of the prize. I think that this behooves us, that when we feel that science is not being listened to, that we speak out.
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Gurdev Khush, World Food Prize winner

There is no scientific justification for this extremism which damages lives and welfare, especially of poor people. There is a moral imperative to make GM technology available for public good.
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Michael D. Purugganan, Biologist and former journalist

A lot of the criticism of G.M.O.’s in the Western world suffers from a lack of understanding of how really dire the situation is in developing countries

Nina V. Fedoroff, Molecular biologist known for her research in life sciences and biotechnology

We’re talking about saving millions of lives here
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