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Mark Zuckerberg CEO at Facebook

An entrepreneurial culture thrives when it’s easy to try lots of new ideas. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. There is something wrong with our system when I can make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can’t afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business.
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Tim Berners-Lee Inventor of the World Wide Web

It is one of the ways of addressing massive global inequality
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Elon Musk Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

I think we'll end up doing universal basic income. It's going to be necessary.
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Yanis Varoufakis Former finance minister of Greece, is Professor of Economics at the University of Athens

Either we are going to have a basic income that regulates this new society of ours, or we are going to have very substantial social conflicts that get far worse with xenophobia and refugees and migration and so forth.
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Robert Reich Former Secretary of Labor

A minimal guarantee with regard to income, it seems to me as almost inevitable in terms the direction that the structural changes of our economy are taking us in.
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Christopher Pissarides Nobel Prize winner in Economics

I am very much in favour, as long as we know how to apply it without taking away incentive to work at the lower end of the market
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Noam Chomsky Linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist

It comes from the right wing originally. Milton Friedman proposed it for example. From his point of view it was part of an effort to undermine welfare state measures. But it doesn’t have to have a reactionary component. It can be interpreted as something progressive. That people have rights. In fact if you read the universal declaration of human rights, 1948, take a look at article 45. It says peo... See More
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Brian Eno Artist

The basic income is needed to serve the creative genius of the community (i.e. the ‘scenius’)
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Tim O'Reilly Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media. Investor. Studied at Harvard University.

I completely agree that Universal Basic Income is a good idea. But I think that’s just the beginning of the discussion.
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Eric Ries Author of The Lean Startup

Even an extremely modest universal basic income could pay huge dividends
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Sam Altman President of Y Combinator. Investor at Reddit, Stripe, Change.org, Pinterest and many others

I think it’s good to start studying [basic income] early. I’m fairly confident that at some point in the future, as technology continues to eliminate traditional jobs and massive new wealth gets created, we’re going to see some version of this at a national scale.
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Dustin Moskovitz Co-founder of Facebook

How can we help as many people as possible as much as possible with the resources we have?
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Molly Crabapple Artist

The number one thing that would let more independent artists exists in America is a universal basic income.
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Tim Höttges CEO of Deutsch Telekom

We have to shield our society. An unconditional simple income can be a basis to lead a decent existence.
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Joe Kaeser CEO of Siemens

A kind of basic income will be absolutely inevitable
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Enrique Dans Professor of Innovation at IE Business School and blogger

Utopia? Not at all. We need to advance the discussion and make politicians understand that it is the only way forward. And if we don’t move forward, we’re going to end up in a place none of us is going to like.
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Richard Branson Founder of Virgin (400 companies)

Policies like these can help people struggling just to survive and allow them to get on their feet, be entrepreneurial and be more creative.
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Toomas Hendrik Ilves President of Estonia since 2006

The rapid replacement of jobs by machines/artifical intelligence will lead to the need for a Universal Basic Income.
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu Social Rights Activist Who Fought Apartheid

The basic income movement is designed to enhance the dignity and well-being inclusion of all people and move us closer to our vision of social equity
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Martin Ford Futurist & NY Times bestselling author of #RiseoftheRobots

Basic income can be a solution to inequality and insecurity, not just mass unemployment
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Pedro Domingos Professor of computer science at UW and author of 'The Master Algorithm'

In developed countries, we don't let people starve or go without emergency medical care, so we effectively already have a basic income. Let's start by making it less random and inefficient.
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Andrew Yang 2020 US Presidential Candidate. Founder of Venture For America. Author.

America needs to take radical steps to prevent Great Depression-level unemployment and a total societal meltdown, including handing out trillions of dollars in cash.
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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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Jean-Yves Duclos Minister of Families, Children and Social Development in Canada

I think it’s the principles behind the idea [of a guaranteed income] that matter. These principles are greater simplicity for the government, greater transparency on the part of families and greater equity for everyone
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Gotz Werner Founder of Dm-drogerie Markt (Germany's Walgreens)

There has always been someone who put trust in me and said: Mr. Werner, show us what you can do. Exactly the same way the basic income says: We grant you so that you can live humbly but with dignity, and now you can show us what you can do.
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Yahtzee Croshaw Creator of Popular Webseries Zero Punctuation

There's probably a huge amount of problems in the world that would probably be fixed if there was a guaranteed income
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Keith Hobbs Mayor of Thunder Bay, Canada

If you have a basic income, you have a certain degree of self-worth. A set income and a ‘housing first’ strategy would work wonders,
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Naheed Nenshi Mayor of Calgary

I am really, really interested if he will bring that to bear in terms of some really significant changes to the taxation system that would really help us manage poverty in a brand new way,
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Willem Buiter Citi's Chief Economist

Use the tax-transfer mechanism (e.g. through a guaranteed minimum income for all, or an ambitious negative income tax, public funding of health care and long-term care etc.) to support those left behind by technological advances.
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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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Andrew Ng Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

I do not believe in unconditional basic income because this just encourages people to be trapped in low skilled jobs without a meaningful path to climb up to do better work. So rather than to pay people to “do nothing” I would rather see a new “New deal” where we pay you to study because I think that today we know how to educate people at scale and the society is pretty good at finding meaningf... See More
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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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Joseph Stiglitz Nobel laureate economist based at Columbia University

You want your government to think more carefully about targeting programmes that help those in need, rather than universal. That’s a trade-off given the budget constraints on the public sector
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Branko Milanovic Economist. Development and inequality expert.

Economically, states already guarantee a basic salary under certain conditions, for example in cases of unemployment or extreme poverty. With universal basic income, this assistance would no longer be temporary or linked to a certain condition, and I don’t think it would be sustainable. Moreover, I don’t like the idea of a world where work is no longer a form of self-realisation for citizens. I im... See More
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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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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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Tony Atkinson Research Fellow at Oxford and Professor at the London School of Economics

I don’t in fact favour a basic income as such, what I favour is what I call a participation income
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Anke Hassel Sociologist. Professor at the Hertie School of Governance. Director of Hans Böckler Foundation

The basic income will further divide society and prevent social mobility. Those who, due to their family background, have good prospects for interesting employment and high income will maintain their existing work ethic, engaging in school and study, and maybe taking a sabbatical or two in between. This is a good thing. However, life will become more difficult for young people from parts of societ... See More
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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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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
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Richard D. Wolff Marxian economist. Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

UBI creates a new difference between those people who work and earn a living and those people who, for wathever reason, don't work but still earn a living. This is going to create two classes of people (...) and for me the big issue is why do that?. I like the idea of community building by not having people that are extremely wealthy or extremely poor, but I don't like this way of doing it, becau... See More
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Pavlina R. Tcherneva Economist. Chair of the Department of Economics at the Levy Economics Institute, Bard College,

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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The Economist News and analysis with a global perspective.

Make no mistake: modern welfare states leave plenty to be desired. Disability benefits are for many people an unsatisfactory version of a basic income, providing those who will no longer work with enough to get by. But rather than upend society with radical welfare reforms premised on a job-killing technological revolution that has not yet happened, governments should make better use of the tools ... See More
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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
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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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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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Dominique Plihon Economist. Spokesman of Attac France. President of Attac France Scientific Council.

Hamon est peut-être plus radical, dans son approche, il cherche à proposer un autre modèle. D'où son idée de revenu universel, qui part du principe que l'emploi se raréfie, ce qu'on peut constater effectivement. Mais je ne pense pas que ce soit la bonne solution. Il y a une demande de travail, c'est un besoin exprimé par la population. Le travail, c'est la participation à la société, à la cité. Et... See More
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Heiner Flassbeck Economist

(Pro UBI) argument is that, today, the technological evolution is destroying so many jobs that there is no longer any other choice than to decouple income from work. This argument is absurd for many reasons, but mainly because productivity nowadays is rising much slower than several decades ago. If, one day, productivity would increase substantially again, it will be both possible and necessary to... See More
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Ha-Joon Chang Economist. University of Cambridge

The right-wing version of UBI (...) is that the government should provide its citizens with a basic income at the subsistence level, while providing no (or little) further goods and services. As far as I can see, this is the version of UBI supported by the Silicon Valley companies. I am totally against this. There are left-wing libertarians who support UBI, who would set its level quite high, whi... See More
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Elizabeth S. Anderson Philosopher. University of Michigan.

Van Parijs would guarantee everyone the maximum unconditional basic income that could be sustained in a society (...) regardless of wether they were able or performing socially useful work. Lazy, able-bodied surfers would be just as entitled to that income as dependent caretakers or the disabled. (...) Van Parij's proposal effectively indulges the tastes of the lazy and irresponsible at the expen... See More
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Rick Salutin Novelist, playwright, journalist, and critic. University of Toronto

And what if the owning and renting classes simply view a BI as another source to be scarfed up through higher rents, charges, privatized highways etc., so it ends up merely expanding the gulf between the rich and the rest?(...) So the GBI just gets recycled back up to those who made it necessary in the first place. The inequality gulf worsens and is financed largely by taxes from people who can’t ... See More
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Jared Bernstein Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Are the good, effective anti-poverty programs currently in place fully funded? I’m quite certain they’re not, and thus the question for progressives is what gets us the bigger inequality-and-poverty-reducing-bang-for-the-buck: a dollar to UBI, or a dollar to things like quality pre-school, the EITC and CTC (wage subsidies for low-income, working families), expanding Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), a... See More
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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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MIchael Hudson Economist. Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

The problem’s not only income, but what people have to spend it on. Paine didn’t talk about universal income, he talked about everybody should have the right to a place to live, a means of their own self-support. That’s independent from income. Once you economize and financialize it, you put in a distortion. You don’t want to give people income to buy what really should be public goods and servic... See More
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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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Grant Cardone Best Selling #Author 19 BusinessProgram #CEO #Father #Husband CEO Cardone RealEstateAcquisitio

If someone is a taker rather than a maker, and becomes dependent on the government for their unemployment checks, that creates a victim mentality. I decided right then and there that I didn't want someone to give me a fish; I needed to be taught how to fish. If anyone wants to give you free cash, no questions asked, get suspicious. Universal basic income is a step to becoming a slave of the federa... See More
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Evgeny Morozov Writer ans researcher on political and social implications of technology.

Basic income, therefore, is often seen as the Trojan horse that would allow tech companies to position themselves as progressive, even caring – the good cop to Wall Street’s bad cop – while eliminating the hurdles that stand in the way of further expansion. Goodbye to all those cumbersome institutions of the welfare state, employment regulations that guarantee workers’ rights or subversive attemp... See More
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Tyler Cowen Professor of Economics, George Mason University & author of Average is Over

"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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Chris Hedges American journalist, Presbyterian minister, and visiting Princeton University lecturer.

The oligarchs do not propose structural change. They do not want businesses and the marketplace regulated. They do not support labor unions. They will not pay a living wage to their bonded labor in the developing world or the American workers in their warehouses and shipping centers or driving their delivery vehicles. They have no intention of establishing free college education, universal governm... See More
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Paul De Grauwe Economist. Professor in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics

A universal basic income that has the ambition to ban poverty from the world, is then immensely expensive. That doesn’t need to surprise you. To give the poor (a minority in society) a basic income, you have to also provide a basic income to the large majority that doesn’t need it. This leads to new problems. The working majority receives a basic income that stands loose from labor efforts, bu... See More
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