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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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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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Elizabeth May Green Party of Canada

Paying everyone a basic income will end poverty and save money
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Dan Savage LGBT Author and Activist

Guaranteed minimum wage […] would relieve a whole lot of stress for a lot of working people and poor people
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Paul Mason Economics Editor, The Guardian

To benefit from the automation revolution we need a universal basic income, the slashing of working hours and a redefinition of ourselves without work
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Charles Murray Libertarian conservative political scientist, author, and columnist

Replacing the welfare state with an annual grant is the best way to cope with a radically changing U.S. jobs market—and to revitalize America’s civic culture
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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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Amol Rajan Editor-at-Large of The Independent

Guaranteed income is the kind of radical idea we urgently need
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Chris Hayes Host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

I am very much pro basic income
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Thom Hartmann Radio Host

If 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

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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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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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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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