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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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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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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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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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Francis Fox Piven Professor of political science and sociology at the City University of New York

Universal income would facilitate a new economic fairness and stability to a financial system careening out of control
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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