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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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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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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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Nicola Sturgeon First minister of scotland and leader of the scottish national party

As we look ahead to the next decade and beyond, it is an idea that merits deeper consideration. I therefore confirm that the Scottish Government will work with interested local authorities to fund research into the concept and the feasibility of a citizens basic income, to help to inform Parliament’s thinking for the future.
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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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Ralph Nader Consumer advocate, author and former presidential candidate

Basic income would get rid of chronic capitalism
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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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Chris Lee Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives

Our economy [Hawaii's] is changing far more rapidly than anybody's expected. It is important to be sure that everybody will benefit from the technological revolution that we're seeing to make sure no one's left behind.
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Andrew Little Labor Party Leader in New Zealand

We are keen to have that debate about whether the time has arrived for us to have a system that is seamless, easy to pass through, [with a] guaranteed basic income and [where] you can move in and out of work on a regular basis.
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Mike Savage Mayor of Halifax

Time to take a serious look at basic annual guaranteed income
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Jonathan Reynolds Labour MP

Moderates within the Labour Party shouldn’t be afraid to embrace radical ideas. I’m coming out for Basic Income.

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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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