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USBIG NewsFlash Volume 17, no. 102, December 2016
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USBIG NewsFlash Volume 17, no. 101, November 2016

 
Sixteenth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress 
 
Call for Participation

The North American Basic Income Congress will be held at 
The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
2180 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10035
June 16-18, 2017,
With a special event June 15 at Roosevelt House, 47-49 East 65th St. 

Papers, panel discussions, roundtables, strategy sessions, and events of other kinds related to basic income are encouraged.  Activists in particular are encouraged to propose events in and around the congress, in the evenings for example. Send your proposal, no more than 500 words, to Kate McFarland,
mcfarland.309@osu.edu

by February 1, 2017. 
EDITORIAL

Basic income is suddenly mainstream news in the United States. Stories have been featured just in December in NBC news, and National Public Radio ran a several part series.
 
President Obama now claims that basic income will become “harder to ignore in the coming decades” according to an interview in Business Insider. Obama said, "What is indisputable ... is that as AI gets further incorporated, and the society potentially gets wealthier, the link between production and distribution, how much you work and how much you make, gets further and further attenuated."
 
Fueling the interest are comprehensive studies predicting the elimination of nearly half of current occupations in the next few decades, the Swiss referendum, and the surge in government pilot projects in Ontario, the Netherlands, and Finland, and smaller scale projects launched by Y-Combinator in California, and Give Directly in Africa.
 
Basic income supporters and researchers now face at least three major challenges: first, to respond effectively to common but rather weak objections to basic income, such as the claim that it will result in catastrophic labor market withdrawal, that it will be a less efficient method of fighting poverty than traditional welfare policies, or that it is inherently unfair to workers. As data from pilot projects emerges, we can expect a struggle over the interpretation of the data.
 
The second challenge is to keep the agenda of discussion broad. While automation is one major trend laying the groundwork for a basic income, we must not lose sight of other issues for which basic income is relevant, such as continued growing income and wealth inequality, persistent and racialized poverty, the importance of recognizing and supporting care work, and the climate crisis.
 
The third challenge, especially in the Trump era, is to make sure that basic income does not get reduced to a tool of the right wing to dismantle the welfare state, public health insurance, and public education, and replace them with an inadequately low basic income that locks some people into poverty while others increase their wealth all out of proportion to their contribution to society.
 
The planning committee for the NABIG Congress in June 2017 in New York City is working to include these themes in the Congress program, and to make space for conversation and organizing by activists wanting to move basic income onto the political agenda.  This is an important moment, and we encourage anyone who can make the trip to join us in New York.
 
Michael Howard
Coordinator, USBIG
NEWS
 

US: Elon Musk predicts a “pretty good chance” for UBI

Read more here »

US: “The Future of Work, Automation, and a Basic Income” workshop announced

Ohio - April 2017
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US: Post-Employment Society panel at Global Action Summit
Nashville - November 14th 2016
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NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

SCOTLAND: Fife and Glasgow to investigate Basic Income pilots

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Catalonia (Spain): Catalonian Ministry of Economy and Tax Office presents profound study on social policies, featuring basic income

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ONTARIO, CANADA: Public Service Union “Sounds Note of Caution” on BI

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NETHERLANDS: 58,800 people sign petition calling for a parliamentary debate on basic income

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ONTARIO, CANADA: New Report, Request for Input on Basic Income Guarantee Pilot

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BIRMINGHAM, UK: House of Commons prepares new debate on Basic Income

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SPAIN [Basque Country]: Two MPs of Basque Country have long been supporting Unconditional Basic Income

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SPAIN (BASQUE COUNTRY): New Survey Confirms Public Support of Basic Income

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UGANDA: Two-year basic income pilot set to launch in 2017
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GOA, INDIA: Mining reform group releases Manifesto, calls for citizen’s dividend
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Catalonia (Spain): Catalonian Ministry of Economy and Tax Office presents profound study on social policies, featuring basic income
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FROM THE WEB
 

New York Times symposium, “Easing the Pain of Automation”

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Roope Mokka, “Basic Income Could be the Moonshot of Our Generation”

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Roosevelt Institute report: “Universal Basic Income: What is it, and Is it Right for the US?”

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Maitreesh Ghatak, “Is India Ready For A Universal Basic Income Scheme?”

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Vijay Joshi, “Universal Basic Income is worth fighting for, even against the long odds in its implementation”

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Christian Engström, “A concrete and financed proposal for basic income in Sweden”

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AUDIO / VISUAL

VIDEO: Musician and Writer Frances Coppola on Basic Income

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VIDEO: Basic Income Community Conversation in Calgary

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Paul Mason on Post-Capitalism and Universal Basic Income

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VIDEO: Karl Widerquist on US poverty and basic income

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BERLIN, GERMANY: Panel debates Basic Income at tech conference

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ACADEMIC LITERATURE
 

ZAMBIA: Household Spending exceeds Unconditional Cash Transfers with 59% within three years: a Randomized Controlled Trial

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New academic research shows that basic income improves health

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Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, “Employment or Income Guarantees: Which Would Do the Better Job?”

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Malcolm Torry, “How might we implement a citizen’s income?”

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OPINIONS & REVIEWS
 

Will basic income cause inflation?

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Cooperative Society and Basic Income: A Case from China

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UBI-Nordic Review: “Still More People Want to Discuss Basic Income”

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Money for Nothing – it Sounds Like a Utopia

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Clearing the Playing Field: Drumpf’s Crisis Creates Opportunity for Universal Basic Income in the United States

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BIEN Celebrates Thirty Years: Basic income, a utopia for our times?

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Re-inventing social security

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Interview: China’s basic income movement

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The USBIG NewsFlash is both the newsletter of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee (USBIG) Network and the U.S. edition of the Basic Income Earth Network’s NewsFlash. The USBIG Network promotes the discussion of the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) in the United States. BIG is a policy that would unconditionally guarantee at least a subsistence-level income for everyone. 

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