Universal Basic Income disagreed by Henning Meyer, Social scientist, consultant and analyst. He is Editor-in-Chief of Social EuropePaying 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
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
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
Universal Basic Income disagreed by Paul Jorion, Anthropologist. Sociologist. Université libre de BruxellesIsn'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
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 socialesLes 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
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
Universal Basic Income disagreed by Paul Ariès, Political scientist. Editor of Les Zindigné(es). Observatoire International de la gratuitéTo 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.
Universal Basic Income disagreed by Randall Wray, Professor of Economics at U. Missouri–Kansas City, Senior Scholar at Levy Economics InstituteI 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
Universal Basic Income disagreed by Pavlina R. Tcherneva, Economist. Chair of the Department of Economics at the Levy Economics Institute, Bard College, NYThere 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
Universal Basic Income disagreed by Bill Mitchell, Professor of Economics and MusicianA 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.
Universal Basic Income disagreed by Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and a tenured professor at the Hebrew University of JerusalemPaying 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.
Universal Basic Income agreed by OECD, International economic organisationUniversal 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.
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
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.
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