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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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Paul Buchheit Lead developer of Gmail, founder of FriendFeed. and investor in Y Combinator

I don't have to work. I choose to work. And I believe that everyone deserves the same freedom I have. If done right, it's also economically superior, meaning that we will all have more wealth. We often talk about how brilliant or visionary Steve Jobs was, but there are probably millions of people just as brilliant as he was. The difference is that they likely didn't grow up with great parents, am... See More
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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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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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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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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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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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Bill Gross American investor, co-Founder of PIMCO

If more and more workers are going to be displaced by robots, then they will need money to live on, will they not? And if that strikes you as a form of socialism, I would suggest we get used to it
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OECD International economic organisation

Universal 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.
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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
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Ray Kurzweil Author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist

Adopting 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.
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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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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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Martin Ravallion Economist

A basic-income guarantee would dominate net workfare earnings in terms of the impact on poverty for a given budgetary outlay.
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Ailsa McKay Feminist Economist

A 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.
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Timothy Lutts Chief Analyst, Cabot Stock of the Month

A Guaranteed Basic Income is an idea worth considering.
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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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John Lilly VC and Former CEO of Mozilla

There 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.
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Klaus Wellershof Chairman of the Board of Wellershoff & Partners. Previously Chief Economist at Swiss Bank Corp

An unbiased support for everyone? I think this principle will eventually assert itself, indeed I believe it is a necessity.
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Tim Worstall Writer and Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute

An Unconditional Basic Income Is The Solution But The Important Word Here Is Basic
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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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Martin Ford Author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

Another reason for a basic income - Old and on the Street: The Graying of America’s Homeless
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Alec Ross Former Senior Innovation Advisor to Hillary Clinton, currently running for Governor of Marylan

The 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.
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Nick Hanaeur Billionaire, Amazon Investor

As we have ever higher rates of technological innovation, and every higher rates of automation, the basic guaranteed income is one such innovation which indeed may be a phenomenal idea. We need to try it.
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Ro Khanna Candidate for Congress in Silicon Valley

At a time when machines are replacing low- and middle-income workers, we want there to be an incentive to get people to a 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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Robin Chase Founder of ZipCar

Basic income is the long-term answer to the increasing precariousness of ordinary people in a global economy that can shift their jobs to the other side of the world in a heartbeat.
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François Blais Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity of Quebec

Basic income is the way of the future.
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Philippe Van Parijs Professor at the Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences of the University of Louva

Basic Income: a simple and powerful idea for the twenty-first century
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Andrew Gamble Sir Isaiah Berlin Award for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies

Building 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.

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Karl Brenke Economist at the German Institute for Economics (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaft DIW) in Be

The idea of freedom, which is connected with UBI, is essentially the opposite: namely the loss of freedom. It is no longer individual citizens who take care of themselves, but the state. The citizen thus becomes the subject of an increasingly powerful state. And because the state provides its citizens with income – which it has previously taken out of their pockets in the form of taxes – all futur... 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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John Clarke Social Activist. Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. Canada.

If we are to go on the offensive against the neoliberal agenda, surely it is the fight for free, expanded and accessible public services that should be our focus. If present systems of income support for unemployed, sick and disabled people are inadquate, we can demand full entitlement, adequate income and an end to intrusive rules and moral policing.However, rather than hope for a tax funded paym... See More
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Marc de Vos Doctorate in Law (UGent), Master in Social Law (ULB), Master of Laws (Harvard University).

La seule façon de financer l’allocation universelle, c’est d’éliminer la Sécurité sociale existante, ce qui impliquerait une régression sociale énorme, parce qu’on remplacerait un système d’allocations sociales qui est conditionnel, focalisé sur les besoins des personnes, progressif, par un système inconditionnel. C’est ridicule. Ça ne réussira jamais.
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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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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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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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Jorge Riechmann Poet, mathematician, philosopher, ecologist and political scientist.

Todas las versiones de la RB, tanto las de derecha como las de izquierda: presuponen la perpetuación del capitalismo (de un capitalismo superproductivo, de hecho); llevan a una sociedad dual, en una fase en la que necesitamos reconstruir la cohesión y profundizar en la igualdad; se presupone la automatización creciente de la producción, con generación de grandes excedentes; esto choca contra la pe... 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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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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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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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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Helen Razer Radio presenter and writer

The reason they adore UBI isn’t to do with their commitment to lift a growing underclass out of poverty; that’s just a bedtime story that helps the super-wealthy sleep. Instead, it’s more to permit spending on their goods by what remains of the American middle class. No one on a stagnant wage can currently buy the things that Musk—and the rest of Silicon Valley—wants to sell them.
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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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Vicenç Navarro Sociologist and Political Scientist. Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Establecer un salario ciudadano cuando nuestro Estado del Bienestar está tan poco desarrollado es comenzar la casa por el tejado. Hay que garantizar que todo ciudadano y residente pueda tener los recursos necesarios para vivir una vida digna y ello implica que el estado debe garantizar que los ciudadanos y residentes puedan alcanzar tal nivel de renta, bien a través del trabajo, bien a través de o... See More
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María Pazos Morán Mathematician.Feminist activist and researcher. Instituto de Estudios Fiscales.

Ha costado mucho llegar a tener algunos derechos básicos, y ahora el neoliberalismo lo rompe todo: el sistema educativo, la sanidad... Dando un dinero a cada ciudadano estás trasladando la responsabilidad desde el Estado a las personas, para que se las apañen como puedan. No tiene sentido darle lo mismo a todo el mundo, lo que necesitamos es un sistema de bienestar completo e integrad
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Juan Torres López Economist. Universidad de Sevilla. Scientific council of Attac Spain.

Yo defiendo que el Estado garantice que todos los ciudadanos sin excepción dispongan de ingresos suficientes para vivir con dignidad. Pero no creo que la mejor forma de lograrlo sea la renta básica porque desvincula derechos de obligaciones y supone tratar igual a los desiguales, principios que no comparto, como creo que le ocurre a muchas personas. Porque no tiene en cuenta la individualización d... See More
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Aldo Giannuli Political scientist and Historian.Università degli Studi di Milano

Cari amici che sognate il rifiuto del lavoro, questa non è la stessa cosa che la liberazione dal lavoro ed è una cultura di destra e tutt’altro che antagonista al sistema. Voi aspirate a vivere con le briciole che cadono dal banchetto dell’ipercapitalismo finanziario, ma durerà ancora poco. E poi, vivere senza lavorare non è questa idea così nuova: da secoli lo fanno padroni e rentier alle spalle... See More
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Christiane Marty Engineer. Fondation Copernic. Scientific Council of Attac France.

La proposition avancée [par le revenu universel] ne contribue à résoudre ni le problème du chômage ni ceux de la pauvreté et des inégalités. Elle s’appuie sur l’idée fausse que le travail serait en voie de disparition, que les protections sociales seraient obsolètes et que nous serions condamnés à vivre dans une société de plus en plus ‘uberisée’
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Henri Sterdyniak Ecomomist at Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques

S’il règle le problème du non-recours et réduit la pauvreté monétaire, s’il permet d’éviter la stigmatisation et de supprimer les contrôles humiliants, le revenu de base a un coût financier important, non pas dû à son objectif principal, aider les personnes en situation de précarité, mais à une conséquence latérale, verser une somme importante à tous. Vu ce coût, la crédibilité de sa mise en pla... 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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