The Universal Basic Income
An old idea is back on the agenda: an unconditional guaranteed basic income for all, no questions asked. No more worries, but economic freedom for all, the end of poverty. A free lunch fallacy, or socio-economic paradise?
Recently Rutger Bregman reinvigorated the idea of the universal basic income on Dutch television in Tegenlicht, which seems more than a trend. The international discussion on basic income has been rekindled. With technology increasing productivity to unknown heights, a new question has popped up. Automatisation would enable prosperity, but at the expense of jobs. Could a basic income be viable and end our despair?
Is the time right for a basic income? Can we finance a basic income? Are the claimed benefits of basic income achievable? And will there actually ever be a basic income? These and many more questions will be discussed during our interview with our very respected guest.
Guy Standing is a British professor in Development Studies at SOAS (University of London) and one of the founders of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) advocating a European petition on basic income.