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Rutger Bregman Ted Talk Poverty Isn’t a Lack of Character, It’s a Lack of Cash

So well put….

 

Historian and journalist Rutger Bregman is making waves with his new book Utopia for Realists, a crystal clear critique of the dominant narratives and discourses of poverty and poor people. Glorious. Here are some links:

You-tube list of videos Rutger Bregman and Universal Basic Income

Book review by BIEN(Basic Income Earth Network)

 

Hen Studies

Citizens Income Pilot – Ontario Canada

Canada is launching an experiment that will give 4,000 people free money until 2020
Two regions of the city of Ontario will  begin the social experiment, with a third joining in autumn.

Premier Katherine Wynne announces the pilot project.

Thanks Michaela!

Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth

An exciting alternative to growth economics which looks like a very congenial context for Citizen’s Income.

doughnut diagram

George Monbiot in the Guardian

The diagram consists of two rings. The inner ring of the doughnut represents a sufficiency of the resources we need to lead a good life: food, clean water, housing, sanitation, energy, education, healthcare, democracy. Anyone living within that ring, in the hole in the middle of the doughnut, is in a state of deprivation. The outer ring of the doughnut consists of the Earth’s environmental limits, beyond which we inflict dangerous levels of climate change, ozone depletion, water pollution, loss of species and other assaults on the living world.

The area between the two rings – the doughnut itself – is the “ecologically safe and socially just space” in which humanity should strive to live. The purpose of economics should be to help us enter that space and stay there.

Thanks, Jane Francis – this is brilliant!

 

Robin McAlpine from Common Weal @ Yes Dunfermline

Went with Jane from Inverkeithing Arts Initiative to hear Robin McAlpine from Common Weal on indyref 2.  He is passionate and pragmatic about winning this time round, saying we need a campaign that:

  • has the capacity to target campaigning materials more effectively
  • uses personal stories rather than statistics
  • has a strong narrative that a majority can buy into e.g. independence will give us a safe haven to start building a better Scotland
  • gives clear, concise, confident answers to questions on currency, banking, pensions, borders
  • proposes we use the necessity of designing a separate digital information system with individual identifiers –   to  make it work for citizens,  a system for the 21st century where we are in  control over who gets access to our information, apart from Inland Revenue which would be compulsory.

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Universal Basic Income and Recognition Theory – A Tangible Step towards an Ideal

by Roisin Mulligan

While looking for info on economist Amartya Sen, I came across this essay by Roisin Mulligan, which won the 2012 BIEN Essay Prize.  She writes:

In the context (of basic income), the basic idea underlying theories of recognition is that persons need to have their individual identities ‘recognised’ in the same way they value themselves in order to flourish as human beings. What this entails varies from one account to another, but it broadly requires that each individual must be affirmed for his or her innate characteristics and contributions.

I’ve just skimmed so far, but looking forward to reading properly as there is a very useful focus on  work and an analysis of it.

 

 

Finland so Far – A Couple of Cautionary Articles

As the Finnish experiment gets underway the American leftwing magazine and website Jacobin analyses how the experiment has been diluted and narrowed. It is only being given to unemployed people because “the primary goal of the basic income experiment is related to promoting employment.” The UBI Bait and Switch article concludes that schemes conceived with the best will in the world can be implemented conservatively, “forcing unemployed workers into bad jobs while undermining organized labor, earnings equality, and the welfare state.”

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Sweden is Paying People to Fix Their Belongings Instead of Throwing Them Away

Sense and Synergy

The scheme is funded by a tax on harmful chemicals used in the production of white goods. As well as the environmental benefits, the article points to the benefits of boosting the local labour market.

Thanks Ruth 🙂

 

 

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