Universal Basic Income disagreed by People of the Swiss Confederation, Federal republic in Europe, with a mix of representative and direct democracy.

1.896.963 (76,9 %) electors rejected UBI, which was rejected in all the cantons as well

Universal Basic Income disagreed by Henning Meyer, Social scientist, consultant and analyst. He is Editor-in-Chief of Social Europe

Paying people a basic income would not remove the fundamental problem that in the digital economy some people will do extraordinarily well and many others find themselves left behind. One oft-heard argument is that if people want more money than basic income provides they can just work a few days. If the problem is technological unemployment, however, this option is simply removed as the large-sca... See More
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Alberto Bagnai, Economist and harpichordist. Università degli Studi "Gabriele d'Annunzio".

They call it the basic income of all citizens (“reddito di cittadinanza”), but here in Italy we will call it the basic income of the land (“reddito della gleba”, in reference to feudal serfs, or “servi della gleba”, who were linked to the land). We would save characters, and we will be closer to the essence of the reasoning. As much as serfdom (“servitu’ della gleba”) linked the serfs to the land,... See More
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Vincent Cheynet, Journalist. Degrowth activist. Editor-in-chief de La Décroissance magazine.

This puerile regression takes multiple forms : for example the desire of receiving without never contributing to the collective effort – the latter being typical of fetuses and infants. This proposition seems of course at first very nice for whoever remembers the principles of justice. Beyond all the criticism of the unconditional income […], its main flaw seem to us within this framework. This i... See More
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Paul Jorion, Anthropologist. Sociologist. Université libre de Bruxelles

Isn't there a better way to answer to answer to the concerns of the beneficiaries of Government benefits? Yes of course: by allocating the sums that we could gather for a UBI program to ensure free basic necessities (food, accommodation, transportation, connectivity) - a measure that, unlike UBI, would not be consumerist in its approach and that would therefore respect the environment. Free necess... See More
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Jean-Marie Harribey, Economist. Conseil scientific d'Attac France. Economistes Aterrés. Fondation Copernic.

Would the payment of a basic income to the whole population foster the same macroeconomic mechanism (i.e. a demand-led stimulation)? Yes if such payments anticipate additional production. But, by definition, the unconditional basic income is isolated from any anticipation and therefore from any social validation, as it is unconditional. The utility value of free work (for example the social link o... See More

Universal Basic Income disagreed by Michel Husson, Economist. Institut de recherches économiques et sociales

Les partisans du revenu universel sont ensuite confrontés à une contradiction fatale. Si le revenu est «suffisant» ou «décent», son financement implique de redéployer largement la protection sociale, parce qu’il n’y a pas de source autonome de création de valeur. C’est alors une régression sociale qui consiste à remarchandiser ce qui a été socialisé. Et si le revenu est fixé à un niveau modeste, c... See More
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Mateo Alaluf, Sociologist. Université libre de Bruxelles.

To replace a social security system primarily financed by contributions and based on wage solidarity with a rent paid by the Government and financed by tax income seems a war machine against the welfare state. In addition, an income provided unconditionally to anybody can only be mediocre and cannot ensure the financial independence of the beneficiaries. These would be obliged to accept to work fo... See More
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Paul Ariès, Political scientist. Editor of Les Zindigné(es). Observatoire International de la gratuité

To exit the true/false debate on the universal basic income, let’s defend the free public service! (…) To defend and increase the weight of free goods is to give everybody what they need to live, in an unconditional way but with a revenue largely demonetized, diseconomized. It is therefore to exit from capitalism.
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Randall Wray, Professor of Economics at U. Missouri–Kansas City, Senior Scholar at Levy Economics Institute

I do not support sending a BIG check to everyone. It is a devaluation of the currency, as prices rise so that the BIG payment essentially becomes the entry price to the marketplace. So we will need to target the BIG to those who do not (or cannot) work. Yes there’s some stigma. But, first we implement Employer of Last Resort so that anyone who is ready and willing to work has a job in the Job Gua... See More
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Pavlina R. Tcherneva, Economist. Chair of the Department of Economics at the Levy Economics Institute, Bard College, NY

There is almost a ‘neoclassical market equilibrating assumption’ behind most BIG analysis that says: “as long as people have cash, the market will magically provide the goods for them, allow them to acquire assets, provide them with the freedom to do what they please, etc. etc.” If the market hasn’t solved these problems now, why would it do so just because people get cash? All structures that ma... See More
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Bill Mitchell, Professor of Economics and Musician

A basic income guarantee is a neo-liberal strategy for serfdom without the work ... In addition to a Job Guarantee we also demand a Services Guarantee. It is no good having a bare minimum income if the dentists and doctors and shops in your town are closed and the public transport system is deficient.
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and a tenured professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Paying people not to work will only increase inequality and rancor. [...] If universal basic income is aimed to improve the objective conditions of the average person in 2050, it has a fair chance of succeeding. But if it is aimed to make people subjectively more satisfied with their lot in order to prevent social discontent, it is likely to fail.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Bill Gross, American investor, co-Founder of PIMCO

If more and more workers are going to be displaced by robots, then they will need money to live on, will they not? And if that strikes you as a form of socialism, I would suggest we get used to it
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Universal Basic Income agreed by OECD, International economic organisation

Universal basic income (UBI) schemes are often rejected out of hand as too expensive. In some countries [eg. Italy] however, paying every resident a basic income sufficient for survival could actually result in budget savings.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Guy Standing, University of London Professor, co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)

It is very much the belief of us who favour a basic income that 99 per cent of people want to improve their lives. If you do not have basic security you cannot be rational
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by FinUnions, Largest Trade Union of Finland

Finland’s basic income experiment is unworkable, uneconomical and ultimately useless. Plus, it will only encourage some people to work less.
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Patrick Diamond, Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London

A more effective and convincing strategy for the centre left is to strengthen, reform and revitalise welfare states and social policies
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Ray Kurzweil, Author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist

Adopting 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.
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Thomas Piketty,

I have difficulty in understanding those who insist on wishing to pay a basic income of 500 Euros per month to those earning a salary of 2000 Euros, and then deduct the same sum by raising their taxes deducted at source.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Andy Stern, Author Raising the Floor; Richman Center, Columbia University; Former President SEIU

We'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.
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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.
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Calum Chace,

In our scenario of 40% unemployability, paying UBI to Rupert Murdoch, Bill Gates, and the millions of others who are still earning healthy incomes would be a terrible waste of resources.
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Bryan Caplan, GMU econ professor, blogger, author

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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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

Even the US isn't rich enough to allow people not to work. Some day we will be but until then things like the Earned Income Tax Credit will help increase the demand for labor.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Pierre Omidyar, Founder at eBay & Omidyar Network

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Universal Basic Income disagreed by The Guardian, British national daily newspaper

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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Universal Basic Income agreed by Martin Ravallion, Economist

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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Universal Basic Income agreed by Ailsa McKay, Feminist Economist

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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Universal Basic Income agreed by Timothy Lutts, Chief Analyst, Cabot Stock of the Month

A Guaranteed Basic Income is an idea worth considering.

Universal Basic Income agreed by Barbara Ehrenreich, Author of Nickel and Dimed

[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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Universal Basic Income agreed by John Lilly, VC and Former CEO of Mozilla

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.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Klaus Wellershof, Chairman of the Board of Wellershoff & Partners. Previously Chief Economist at Swiss Bank Corporation

An unbiased support for everyone? I think this principle will eventually assert itself, indeed I believe it is a necessity.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Tim Worstall, Writer and Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute

An Unconditional Basic Income Is The Solution But The Important Word Here Is Basic
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Lord Robert Skidelsky, Economist

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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Universal Basic Income agreed by Martin Ford, Author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

Another reason for a basic income - Old and on the Street: The Graying of America’s Homeless
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Alec Ross, Former Senior Innovation Advisor to Hillary Clinton, currently running for Governor of Maryland

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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Universal Basic Income agreed by Nick Hanaeur, Billionaire, Amazon Investor

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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Universal Basic Income agreed by Ro Khanna, Candidate for Congress in Silicon Valley

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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Universal Basic Income agreed by Owen Jones, Columnist for the Guardian and the New Statesmen

Basic income – where we all are given a payment from the state as a right of citizenship – should be introduced.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Robin Chase, Founder of ZipCar

Basic income is the long-term answer to the increasing precariousness of ordinary people in a global economy that can shift their jobs to the other side of the world in a heartbeat.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by François Blais, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity of Quebec

Basic income is the way of the future.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Philippe Van Parijs, Professor at the Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences of the University of Louvain

Basic Income: a simple and powerful idea for the twenty-first century
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Andrew Gamble, Sir Isaiah Berlin Award for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies

Building 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.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Tim Draper, Billionaire Venture Capitalist

Giving 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,
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Amol Rajan, Editor-at-Large of The Independent

Guaranteed income is the kind of radical idea we urgently need
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Scott Phoenix, Entrepreneur and Cofounder of Vicarious

I 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
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Chris Hayes, Host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

I am very much pro basic income
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Universal Basic Income agreed by David Rolf, Vice President of SEIU and President of SEIU Local 775 in Seattle

I 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.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Jeremy Rifkin, American Economic and Social Theorist, Author, Political Advisor

Basic income is not a utopia. It's a practical business plan for the next step of the human journey
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