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Scott Santens Writer & Basic Income advocate

The question is not if technology is advanced enough to adopt it. The question is if UBI can advance tech. Basic income is the missing foundation upon which everything else should be built upon.

Ralph Callebert History Professor, Virginia Tech

We usually focus on employment and production. Yet, much of the world’s population has no realistic prospects of employment, and we already produce more than what is sustainable. Basic income, however, separates survival from employment or production.
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Martin Wolf Chief economics commentator at the Financial Times

We will need to redistribute income and wealth. Such redistribution could take the form of a basic income for every adult, together with funding of education and training at any stage in a person’s life

Jeremy Howard Founder:; Faculty: Singularity University; Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum

The pool of displaced workers will just keep growing exponentially, and the solution is to level the playing field.
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Chris Boos IT automation evangelist; CEO of arago , algorithm researcher,

The unconditional basic income is a way of shaping the necessary social change from preservation to new construction so as to become socially compatible.
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The Kawaii Suite 🌐 Look at me, being super famous with my 35 followers :3

Because I don't have to worry about waking up early in the morning and I value my free time so much.
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Anthony Painter Director of Policy and Strategy at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts)

If you want to incentivise work at every level of income then Basic Income is simply the best system

Joe Williams Running for Congress in Santa Cruz, CA

What basic income does is set a floor, a monetary floor by which no one will fall below. So you want to guarantee that basic income for everybody.
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Jim Gilliam Founder and CEO of Nationbuilder

If we can enable a world of creators, the ROI on a basic income... it's just incomprehensible. It's so big.
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It provides a security in society that reduces daily struggle and may, as a result, reduce negative social constructs.
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matthias rebel #bttts

It solves everything I struggle with daily.
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Ecosocialist 80% Disabled Veteran USN • Green • #MMOT • Slytherin Wampus • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ • Ordained ULC • #690

With robotics taking the jobs of so many workers and the only new jobs not paying enough to live on, I think there is no more practical choice than to institute a UBI, and I think it should be tax-free and not means-tested so that people would not be penalized for their own creative efforts at working. Innovation would see a major spike, I'm sure.
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Rudy Karsan Grand Poobah at Karlani Capital (

We need to discard all forms of social programs and replace it with one - universal basic income - which is the individual right for every citizen to unconditionally get an income from the state on a regular basis.
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Al French Software Engineer / Cryptoanalyst / Publisher

Basic Quality Of Life for every human being should be a given - UBI in some way contributes to this..
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Stephanie Fuccio Language as play and expressive tool fan, learning Español, music lover, coffee, podcast addic

We need to start doing more with preventative actions with income AND medical care. In the end this would help us economically, socially and politically. Common sense should be stronger than the desire for freedom at all costs.
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Shyamal S. Chandra Retweets not endorsements. Views my own. #FreedomFirst @GPCA @GreenPartyUSA

What are the keys to social mobility? A basic income can provide for a rigorous, multi-perspective, unabridged education supplemented with enough resources to become independent with a self-sustaining business that can lead to freedoms as instituted in the Constitution of the United States of America.
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Conrad Shaw Writer, Actor, Filmmaker, Athlete. Also, good at puzzles.

It's what, some day, we'll never fathom being without. Pre-UBI will be that barbaric time when we didn't truly believe in food, shelter, and freedom to choose one's path in life as human rights for all.
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Philip Stephens

I believe a Universal Basic Income should be a Human Right and that nobody should have to live in poverty.
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Giridhur I'm Someone who likes to read read and read and read

Simple use of gini index, yields, a lesser economic inequality, at the least. Money is some sort of a confidence booster for people, and this would serve that purpose.
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Ciprian Iamandi

Universal income should be a safety net for everyone, enabling them to educate for a better job, take more entrepreneurial risks, or get them through periods of economic downturns, like losing their job.

David Weiseth Disciple of Jesus, Self Educated, Father, 90% low fat Vegan, Dedicated to making true Smart Ma

In absence of something better I agree, and Investment dollars account also given annually to Democratize Funding
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Drew Pilottos

The best way to restore consumer confidence is to give the consumers something to be confident about. A stable, secure, reliable income for all will, undoubtedly, lead to a more stable economy and polity.
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UBI should be given to people who are willing to learn.


It gives time to think and enjoy.


The truth is that deep learning has advanced AI a large amount, and when we combine deep learning with robotics, we'll get amazing improvements. This will also lead to the automation of many jobs, but if we have UBI, this can be a great thing and lead to a human utopia. If we don't, we risk going into a dystopia scenario like Elysium.
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Georges Dassis President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Europe needs radical social reform, including a basic income
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Elliot Russell

Necessary in the face of automation and industries being outsourced to other countries.
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Laurie Ruettimann Writer, Speaker, Human Resources Expert

When people ask me what HR technology or program excites me most, I tell them: universal basic income.
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Ed Dolan Economist

An UBI within striking distance of the poverty level, as commonly understood, would, conceptually, be affordable without aggressively attacking the fortunes of upper income Americans and without raising anyone’s effective marginal tax rates
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Too many people in this world do the jobs they hate in order to have the quality of life they want. By giving someone an opportunity to not worry about the bills, even if it is a short period of time, there is an opportunity created to explore alternative means of living, which in turn leads to a happier life. I would certainly love to receive basic income for at least six months.


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David de Ugarte Economist and co-founder of the co-op Sociedad de las Indias Electrónicas

The basic income is attractive: it’s individually empowering, it crosses ideological borders, it’s a technocrat’s dream… but it would have terrible social and moral consequences: xenophobia, inequality, and a rise in the power of Big Businesses.
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Leigh Phillips Journalist & science writer (Nature, Sci Am, New Scientist, Guardian, Telegraph). Austerity Ec

The UBI short-cut to more leisure time, less poverty, and strengthened unions delivered up on a platter by a corporate-captured state that has demonstrated for 40 years it is committed to the opposite of all this is a fantasy. If we want more leisure time, we have to get productivity growing again. And to get productivity growing again, labour has to become more expensive. And the only way for lab... See More
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Scott Ferguson Asst. Prof of Film & Media Studies; UC Berkeley PhD; Research Scholar @ Binzagr Institute; Bay

Without an associated public Job Guarantee, the Universal Basic Income is merely welfare by another name: a laissez-faire solution to contemporary social and ecological crises.
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Louis-Philippe Rochon Economist; Editor of Review of Keynesian Economics. Laurentian University.

A guaranteed annual income is not an end in itself. It should not be viewed as a replacement for a full employment policy. If the purpose is to reduce inequality and poverty, there are other solutions: bringing real changes to the tax system, getting tougher on fiscal havens, introducing inheritance taxes and of course, jobs, jobs, jobs.
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Daniel Zamora Sociologist. Université Libre de Bruxelles Institut de sociologie

The popularity of universal basic income is in reality a triumph of the neoliberal ideology, an ideology that refuses, in any social policy, to put inequalities at the center of our democracies. Basically, it is an illusory fight against poverty without really fighting against inequalities

Stéphanie Treillet Economist. Université Paris - Est Créteil. Conseil Scientific d'Attac France-

La possibilité (pour les femmes uniquement) de retrait du marché du travail grâce au Revenu d'Existenve semble constituer, dans les versions considérées comme « progressistes », la réponse en miroir aux incitations à accepter n’importe quel travail, dans les versions les plus libérales (proches des politiques actuelles de workfare) présentant une allocation universelle comme un outil de flexibilis... See More
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Dany Lang Economist. Associate Professor at University of Paris 13. Researcher at CNRS.

I don't believe in the relevance of the universal basic income proposal. [...] Personally, it is a proposal that embodies the idea of the end of work, i.e. it will not be possible any more to ensure full employment for all. However, in a society where there are many social needs not yet fulfilled, because the market mechanisms do not manage to satisfy them and because the Government, both central ... See More

Paul Palsterman Juriste au service d'études de la Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens de Belgique (CSC).

By applying to a fundamentally unequal situation a perfectly equal treatment does not create more equality: it reinforces instead existing inequalities. Far from being fair, it is on the opposite the negation of justice. Regarding social efficiency, we can easily demonstrate that the project has none
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Seth Ackerman Doctoral candidate in History at Cornell. Editorial board of Jacobin magazine.

Reducing work-time(...) is enormously preferable, because everyone benefits equally and together. The alternative – reducing the number of workers per capita (with an UBI) – amounts to the creation of essentially arbitrary classes of idle and segmented citizens, whose existence would be virtually guaranteed to divide and embitter the working class to the benefit of reactionary pro-work politics.
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Dmytri Kleiner Venture Communist. Miscommunications Technologist. Telekommunisten Polemicist. ThoughtWorks An

UBI does not alleviate poverty and turns social necessities into products for profit. To truly address inequality we need adequate social provisioning. If we want to reduce means testing and dependency on capitalist employment, we can do so with capacity planning. Our political demands should mandate sufficient housing, healthcare, education, childcare and all basic human necessities for all. Rath... See More
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Vincent Conitzer Professor of computer science, economics, and philosophy at Duke University

The idea that recent progress in AI will prevent most people from meaningfully contributing to society is nonsense

Anne Eydoux Economist. Cnam.Centre d'études de l'emploi et du travail.LISE. Paris

The different approaches to UBI do not escape to criticism: either they don’t mention the gender issue or they more or less defend the idea of a maternal salary, with the risk of stating that the latter would be favorable to women emancipation. Hence, the risk is real – we use as a proof the analysis of a “universal” basic income measure already implemented (education parental income, targeting al... See More

Daniele Zito Computer Scientist and Novelist. University of Catania.

Q: Proposte come il reddito di cittadinanza credi che possano aiutare a contenere il problema? A: Credo che sia una battaglia di retroguardia, se non addirittura di destra. Perché l'idea che lo Stato si inserisca in questa intermittenza e fornisca al lavoratore la quantità di soldi che gli serve per sopravvivere fino al contratto successivo può sembrare buona, ma nasconde a mio avviso parecchie om... See More
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Giovanna Vertova Economist. Università degli Studi di Bergamo.

Basic Income does not affect the causes of income inequality and wealth, of precarious jobs, of poverty and of unbearable life conditions. It would only mitigate their disastrous effects. Measures such as the Basic Income can, maybe, make precariousness and unemployment more bearable in the short term, but do not eliminate them.

Philip Pilkington Research analyst. Author of the book The Reformation in Economics.

Basic Income Guarantee is achievable today, and if it were implemented it would increase employment and alleviate much human suffering, but it would not target social problems in as focused a way as the Job Guarantee program would.
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Michael Roberts Marxian economist.

The basic income demand is just too basic. As a reform for labour, it is not as good as the demand for a job for all who need it at a living wage; or reducing the working week while maintaining wages; or providing decent pensions. And under socialism, it would be redundant.
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Philip L. Harvey Human rights economist and lawyer. Rutgers University.

It is hardly surprising in this environment that many progressives find the BI idea attractive. It promises important benefits that market economies rarely have been able to deliver. But if the right to work and income support proclaimed in the Universal Declaration can be secured at lower cost than a BI guarantee, the BI idea loses much of its luster. A society that used... See More

Raoul Kirchmayr Philosopher. Università degli Studi di Trieste.

La natura progressiva e democratica del reddito di cittadinanza si rivela così un tragico equivoco. Costituendo una formidabile accoppiata con la tanto desiderata “meritocrazia”, questa ideologia della povertà instilla il falso convincimento che le diseguaglianze economiche e sociali siano qualcosa di naturale. La conseguenza è che coloro che si sono trovati in stato di povertà (i cosiddetti “neo... See More
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Collectif des Associations Citoyennes (CAC) Defense of non comercial association for general interest, solidarity,participation & sustaina

L’instauration d’un revenu de base impliquerait par sa philosophie et pour son financement la suppression de certaines prestations sociales : allocations familiales, minima sociaux, allocation de handicap, minimum vieillesse, allocations-chômage et même, pour les plus extrémistes des libéraux, l’assurance-maladie… Le revenu de base deviendrait ainsi un solde de tout compte qui remplace de multiple... See More
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Jonathan Rhys Kesselman Economist. Public Finance Research.

A guaranteed income and other proposals for major expansion of general cash transfers fail all three tests of feasibility: incentives, finances and politics. Taking even modest initial steps toward a guaranteed income is likely to further starve critically needed targeted cash transfers and diverse in-kind benefits. These initial steps are also unlikely to proceed very far or to be fundamentally e... See More
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Riccardo Bellofiore Economist. Università degli Studi di Bergamo.

Una cosa è una proposta di basic income sulla base della convinzione (del tutto illusoria) che vivremmo in una fase di espansione quasi automatica della produttività sociale, per l’emergere di un ‘comune’ che esprimerebbe una spontanea cooperazione che si estenderebbe alla vita stessa in quanto tale: a quel punto, si può fantasticare che il basic income ti consentirebbe di scegliere tra lavoro e n... See More

Stuart White Political Scientist.University of Oxford.

To claim a share of such wealth without being willing to make this contribution is unfairly to free-ride on those citizens who do make the required contribution. If this unfairness is to be avoided, receipt of an equal share of the relevant types of external wealth must be made conditional on a demonstrated willingness to make the required contribution. And it is therefore inappropriate to redistr... See More

Marco Veronese Passarella Economist. University of Leeds.

Nel tempo, il combinato disposto di reddito garantito e precarietà lavorativa cristallizza i rapporti di produzione dati, elimina ogni residuo di «potere operaio» nella produzione, e dunque rafforza la divisione in classi della società capitalistica.In altre parole, in assenza di un salario minimo e, ancor più, di un piano per la piena occupazione, la semplice erogazione di un sussidio monetario r... See More
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Will Denayer Freelance researcher and writer. Political scientist, philosopher and goldsmith

The trouble with the UBI is that the utopia it promises is a deceit. Replacing our complex system of welfare benefits with a single equal payment for everyone means one of two things: either the universal basic income is too low to replace the benefits that people need or, if it is high enough not to leave those people out of pocket, it costs much more than the present system we have. If it is the... See More
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Paula Bach Economist. Columnist in La Izquierda Diario and member fo Partido de los Trabajadores Socialis

Todo hace pensar que la nueva tesis del “fin del trabajo” encarna un discurso intimidatorio que oculta a la vez intenciones probablemente más sombrías que las neoliberales. Los inmigrantes “amenazan” a los trabajadores desde las fronteras y los “robots” desde la inmutable naturaleza de la “economía” –que por supuesto nada tiene que ver con las relaciones entre los hombres–. La idea de la renta uni... See More

David Cayla Economist. Professor at Université d'Angers.

Une allocation universelle ne rendra pas moins nécessaires les métiers pénibles. Il faudra toujours des gens pour accomplir ces tâches essentielles. Selon moi, la meilleure solution pour inverser le rapport de force entre dominants et dominés n’est donc pas de distribuer une allocation monétaire à tout le monde, allocation qui, par construction, risque surtout d’être dévaluée et de ne pas permettr... See More

Riccardo Evangelista Economist. Università di Macerata

Non si può che concludere, quindi, che la visione hayekiana è oggi dominante, paradossalmente anche a sinistra. Il monito polanyiano, nonostante il caso finlandese presenti analogie sorprendenti con le leggi di Speenhamland, è invece del tutto ignorato. Eppure, nella situazione odierna in cui alla disoccupazione strutturale si accompagnano enormi bisogni sociali insoddisfatti, ritenere necessario ... See More
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Darrick Hamilton Economist. Professor at New School, New York

The Federal Job Guarantee will directly target the unemployed — remedying a key predictor of poverty. By providing universal employment, it will also counteract employers’ systematic discrimination against ex-offenders, recent military veterans, and certain racial groups. Furthermore, through providing a guaranteed job, workers will be emboldened to take new actions in the private sector. This co... See More
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Dame Nemat Talaat Shafik, DBE, aka Minouche Shafik Economist. Director of the London School of Economics

Universal basic income can be part of a solution but is not a panacea. Some advocate paying everyone in society a flat amount to compensate for the lost Universal basic income (UBI) can be expensive, inefficient compared to most alternatives because it goes to the non-poor, and underplays the value of meaningful work for well-being.(...) Many countries have elements of UBI in place, such as univer... See More
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Simon Ghiotto Economist

Prenons la position des femmes dans la société. Certains défenseurs de l’allocation universelle affirment qu’elle la renforcerait. Mais donner un revenu, ce n’est pas émanciper. L’émancipation, c’est faire en sorte que les hommes et les femmes puissent participer à la vie en société, cela passe notamment par le monde du travail. Donner le même revenu à tout le monde ne donne pas les mêmes possibil... See More
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