Universal Basic Income agreed by Ray Kurzweil, Author, computer scientist, inventor and futuristAdopting a universal basic income for all people can help society think creatively with new ideas, develop new industries — and free-up people to work on important future projects. This practical social support program can grow as science & technology rapidly evolve, becoming part of world abundance.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Andy Stern, Author Raising the Floor; Richman Center, Columbia University; Former President SEIUWe're about to lose some of the most basic programs we had [because of technology], like Medicare, potentially. I don’t think there's any proof that it's any more politically feasible to hold on to what we have than to build on a big new idea.
Universal Basic Income disagreed by Bob Greenstein,UBI would replace virtually every program in the federal budget focused on low- or moderate-income people. No food stamps. No Medicaid. [...] I share the goals; I just don’t think you can get there from here. And I want to focus on progress we can make.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Ailsa McKay, Feminist EconomistA 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.
Universal Basic Income agreed by John Lilly, VC and Former CEO of MozillaThere 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.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Lord Robert Skidelsky, EconomistAn 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.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Alec Ross, Former Senior Innovation Advisor to Hillary Clinton, currently running for Governor of MarylandThe 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.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Andrew Gamble, Sir Isaiah Berlin Award for Lifetime Contribution to Political StudiesBuilding a political coalition around the idea of basic income would help end the resentment of those in work contributing to support those who are not able to work or cannot find jobs. Payment of a basic income to everyone would price workers into many more jobs which at present do not pay enough for people to live on.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Tim Draper, Billionaire Venture CapitalistGiving everyone $15,000 would put everyone on the same level. They could do with it whatever they wanted, but having the financial security of some basic money to live on, would give them the opportunity to work on what they want. Work is everything,
Universal Basic Income agreed by Scott Phoenix, Entrepreneur and Cofounder of VicariousI am a big fan of work programs and universal basic income. Government and society has a role to play in ensuring a smooth transition between technological disruption. We can have a society where there are tons of jobs for everyone. There is always going to be stuff to do. It is a matter of making sure that when someone was doing one thing and they were used to doing that thing, there are useful t... See More
Universal Basic Income agreed by David Rolf, Vice President of SEIU and President of SEIU Local 775 in SeattleI happen to think universal basic income and a high minimum wage work well in combination to produce tighter labor markets, more consumer spending power, and if McDonald's want to lure you out of your rock band or off your couch to go and cook french fries, they ought to have to pay a premium for that.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Thom Hartmann, Radio HostIf conservatives really want to do away with “wasteful” and “overly bureaucratic” social services in the U.S. - services like Medicaid, Social Security and foodstamps - there’s an easy alternative. It’s simple. It encourages personal responsibility. And it will do away with our current mess of programs that make up our social safety net. All we have to do is guarantee every person a universal, and... See More
Universal Basic Income agreed by Ryan Holmes, CEO of HootsuiteIn the 1970s, a five-year basic income program in the Canadian province of Manitoba called Mincome showed promising results. Parents spent more time raising children. Students showed higher test scores and lower dropout rates. Hospital visits, mental illness, car accidents, and domestic abuse cases all declined. And in the end, total working hours only slipped by a few percentage points. In other ... See More
Universal Basic Income agreed by Bill Gross, Billionaire investor, Janus CapitalInstead we should spend money where it’s needed most – our collapsing infrastructure for instance, health care for an aging generation and perhaps on a revolutionary new idea called UBI – Universal Basic Income. If more and more workers are going to be displaced by robots, then they will need money to live on, will they not?
Universal Basic Income agreed by Albert Wenger, Venture Capitalist. Twitter & Tumblr Investor.One way to think about a basic income is as follows: it removes a currently binding constraint on time optimization for many individuals allowing them to escape a local minimum – that in turn lets the economy as a whole adjust much faster (and with far less pain).
Universal Basic Income agreed by Food Banks Canada, Organization in CanadaThe time has come for the provinces and territories to dismantle what has become an understaffed, stressed, and ineffective bureaucratic system that hurts more than it helps. There exist several viable models for a basic income – administered through the tax system – that would eliminate the bureaucracy, the intrusiveness, and the stigma associated with welfare. Our recommendations include this si... See More
Universal Basic Income agreed by Richard Murphy, Professor of Practice in International Political EconomyBut 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.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Björn Wahlroos, One of Richest Men in Finland and Supporter of Free MarketsWe'll have to develop – and develop ourselves towards – a society where it'll be possible to guarantee the income level and well-being of people without ravaging the labour markets. And the solution will be a basic income scheme – be it this one or another one
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