Basic Income Guarantee — The End of Poverty


Basic Income Guarantee — The End of Poverty

A proposed system of social security, that provides each citizen with a sum of money that is sufficient to live on.

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Basic income
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A basic income is a proposed system of social security, that periodically provides each citizen with a sum of money that is sufficient to live on. Except for citizenship, a basic income is entirely unconditional. Furthermore, there is no means test; the richest as well as the poorest citizens would receive it.
A basic income is often proposed in the form of a citizen's dividend (a transfer) or a negative income tax (a guarantee). A basic income less than the social minimum is referred to as a partial basic income. A worldwide basic income, typically including income redistribution between nations, is known as a global basic income.
The proposal is a specific form of guaranteed minimum income, which is normally conditional and subject to a means test.

One of the arguments for a basic income was articulated by the French Economist and Philosopher André Gorz:
The connection between more and better has been broken; our needs for many products and services are already more than adequately met, and many of our as-yet- unsatisfied needs will be met not by producing more, but by producing differently, producing other things, or even producing less. This is especially true as regards our needs for air, water, space, silence, beauty, time and human contact...
From the point where it takes only 1,000 hours per year or 20,000 to 30,000 hours per lifetime to create an amount of wealth equal to or greater than the amount we create at the present time in 1,600 hours per year or 40,000 to 50,000 hours in a working life, we must all be able to obtain a real income equal to or higher than our current salaries in exchange for a greatly reduced quantity of work...
Neither is it true any longer that the more each individual works, the better off everyone will be. The present crisis has stimulated technological change of an unprecedented scale and speed: 'the micro-chip revolution'. The object and indeed the effect of this revolution has been to make rapidly increasing savings in labour, in the industrial, administrative and service sectors. Increasing production is secured in these sectors by decreasing amounts of labour. As a result, the social process of production no longer needs everyone to work in it on a full-time basis. The work ethic ceases to be viable in such a situation and workbased society is thrown into crisis (André Gorz, Critique of economic Reason, Gallile, 1989).

The Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) describes one of the benefits of a basic income as having a lower overall cost than that of the current means-tested social welfare benefits. However critics have pointed out the potential work disincentives created by such a program, and have cast doubts over its implementability. In later years, Basic Income Studies: How it could be organised, Different Suggestions, have made a lot fully financed proposals.
[edit]Examples of implementation

The U.S. State of Alaska has a system which provides each citizen with a share of the state's oil revenues, although this amount is not necessarily enough to live on. The U.S. also has an Earned income tax credit for low-income taxpayers. In 2006 a bill written by members of the advocacy organization USBIG to transform the credit into a partial basic income was introduced in the US congress but did not pass.

The city of Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada took part in an experimental basic income program ("Mincome") between 1974 and 1979.

In 2008, a pilot project with a basic income grant was started in the Namibian village of Otjivero by the Namibian Basic Income Grant Coalition. After six months the project has been found to significantly reduce child malnutrition and increase school attendance. It was also found to increase the community's income significantly above the actual amount from the grants as it allowed citizens to partake in more productive economic activities.

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Comment by ABED MALHAS on May 26, 2011 at 8:14pm


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Comment by Janos Abel on November 21, 2010 at 1:38am
I have just found this group and hope it can be revived with some fruitful discussion.
Comment by Dave Streater on March 25, 2010 at 11:40pm
Some of us love to work, but can't do as much as we wish we could, due to disabilities. But "not wanting to work" could also be considered a disability, as often as not brought on by the materialistic frenzy brought on by runaway "capitalism". The balance is off more in some places than others. It seems to me, that when it gets way off, tendencies toward fascism become evident, and military buildup inevitably happens. The chart that Nikolette posted last year is worthy of note! There are many aspects, though- you can't bark up just one tree....
Comment by Ole A. Seifert on March 8, 2010 at 10:24pm
Financing a basic income system, seems always as a big obstacle, as no one wants more taxes though some models estimate that this is possible through changing the income taxes just slightly (this varies offcourse from country to country).

Nobel prize winner James Tobin, economics 1981, had an idea about taxing foreign financial exchange transactions, known as the Tobin tax. Discussed lately in political spheres, it is suggested set at 0,05%. As minimal this seems, it actually would generate a lot of money. Beside the exclusion and savings thereby of unemployment money, pensions etc and the enourmous moneytaking of organizing these, this Tobyin-tax would probably pay yhe rest and still leave money for other projects.

The Tobin-tax is discussed widely lately, also at the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh last September. It is extremly important that we don´t allow the IMF to swollow all the money generated by an eventually Tobi-taxation!

I know some of you are in to other B.I.G.-groups. Please launch this idea on further! As Anne Russel said, it´s about the critical mass. WE can be the critical mass! Or the creater of this critical mass group. If this is an issue for debate on enough websites as well as the in ordinary papers, the polticians will eventually notice it and dare to consider the idea.

I know some of you are in to other B.I.G.-groups. Please launch this idea on further
Comment by Nicolette on March 11, 2009 at 9:47am
1 in 50 children in the US is homeless. As they bail out the banks. Really pathetic.

Ayse, I don't know, but I had a post that disappeared once from the Palestine-Israel forum. I know because someone saw it and wrote me. They wanted to respond to my post, but then it had disappeared. Everyone swears that no one deleted it. I didn't. I wrote the group leader, but got no answer. No one knows. I'm thinking it's possible things just disappear, like socks in the clothes dryer. It is a huge site.
Comment by Dave Streater on March 11, 2009 at 6:37am
a prerequisite for this (assured living income) is the elimination, or to put it more precisely, the "putting in their proper place", of greed, anger and ignorance.
Comment by Ole A. Seifert on March 10, 2009 at 2:11pm
Interesting view on organizing future monetarie systems:
Comment by lotusalivelight on March 5, 2009 at 1:18pm
I only offer this, since sometimes, focusing on all the problems seems only to wage an endless war, and by changing our focus, we can sometimes melt 'the problem,' whatever it is into non-being, by our non-cooperation of even thinking about it ! (lol, it does work sometimes ! Remember the adage: Where your mind goes, There YOU go ! So, here's the link I offer for this very reason, of changing personal focus toward the higher ideals, and letting the lesser fall away... many blessings to those who worry... fear not, you are the light you wish for... (hyperlinks not working, so here it is typed...)
Comment by Ole A. Seifert on March 4, 2009 at 9:38pm
I really don´t understand what you are talking about cencoring here, dear Ayse. If you knew me better, you would know that I do not like cencorship at all, so I think it is some misunderstanding. Nothing in this group have been cencored out at all, and as far as I know, it would be impossible to erase a comment and than put it back under the original authors signature, as I have no way to log my in to your site. If so is possible, I would react strongly on the .ning-policy as I am on several other .ning-networks. But please tell me if you discover unregularyties here on iPeace and other ning-places, as it is of great importance that we can rely of a free speach on this sites and debates.
With Love
Comment by Anne Russell on March 4, 2009 at 9:03pm
It is your point of view and you are entitled to it. I have found that the kind of people you speak of are the ones who do try to join in protests against injustice and war ALWAYS . And you know it does take a critical mass of people to bring about change . sometimes those who are poor and disenfranchised become very sensitive to the sufferring of others . Yes unemployment is yet another failure of the capitalist system . A basic wage for all does not mean unemployment in fact it meand EMPLOYMENT for all .
I understand your feelings . in Love and peace Anne

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