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Part 1: A Universal Basic Income Is The Bipartisan Solution To Poverty We've Been Waiting For
What if the government simply paid everyone enough so that no one was poor? It's an insane idea that's gaining an unlikely alliance of supporters.
Ben Schiller, Fast Company
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira.
March 16, 2015 There's a simple way to end poverty: the government just gives everyone enough money, so nobody is poor. No ifs, buts, conditions, or tests. Everyone gets the minimum they need to survive, even if they already have plenty.
This, in essence, is "universal minimum income" or "guaranteed basic income"—where, instead of multiple income assistance programs, we have just one: a single payment to all citizens, regardless of background, gender, or race. It's a policy idea that sounds crazy at first, but actually begins to make sense when you consider some recent trends.
Ben Schiller is a New York-based staff writer for Co.Exist, and also contributes to the FT and Yale e360. He used to edit a European management magazine, and worked as a reporter in San Francisco, Prague and Brussels.
World Changing Ideas: This is part of Co.Exist's annual collection of some of the most interesting and thought-provoking trends that will alter the world in the year ahead. See the whole list here.
Part 2: Catalyst | Basic Income movement in the Twin Cities
Working to gurantee income for all and transform economy from "free market" to a "care economy"---care for each other, care for the planet
Catalyst: Politics and Culture Fridays, 9 AM, expanded to one hour, local writer Lydia Howell explores local culture, art, and activism with interviews and special features. She won the Premack Award for Public Interest Journalism for her investigative reporting on homelessness in (the now defunct) Pulse Newspaper. Lydia is a long time denizen of KFAI who also writes for various community newspapers and online publications.
Contact: 612-354-3762 firstname.lastname@example.org
Broadcast: KFAI 90.3FM, Minneapolis; 106.7FM, St.Paul / Streamed @ KFAI.org<> 9AM, Friday, September 14.
Archived: for 2 weeks after broadcast. Click here.