GTI FORUM

Universal Basic Income: Has the Time Come?

Should society provide every citizen with a basic income, no strings attached? Some proponents of a "universal basic income" view it as a tool for system correction, but the focus of this GTI Forum is on system change. Two panels debate the question: Should a UBI be a central element of strategies for transformation?

The first panel makes the affirmative case, arguing that UBI resonates strongly with egalitarian ethics and basic concepts of justice. The second voices concerns that it encourages individualism and distracts from better alternatives, and urges the UBI debate to encompass issues of global justice and ecology at the level of Earthland

Panel 1Click on an image to read contribution

UNIVERSAL
BASIC
INCOME

The Case Is Strong

The Case for
a Basic Income

Opener

Guy Standing

Toward a Caring
Economy

Sarath Davala

Karen Foster

Welfare Without
Stigma

Embracing
Universality

Tim Hollo

Michael W. Howard

Why Unconditionality
Matters

Azfar Khan

A Call for Dignity
and Solidarity

The Beauty of
the Process

Robert Labaree

A Cornerstone of
a Moral Economy

Jeremy Lent

A Pragmatic
Utopian Demand

Simon Mair

How to Green a UBI

Ulrich Schachtschneider

Income Floor,
Ecological Ceiling

Caroline Whyte

Real-World Lessons

Almaz Zelleke

Response to comments

Guy Standing

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Panel 2Click on an image to read contribution

UNIVERSAL
BASIC
INCOME

Caveats and Alternatives

Thinking Bigger

Lourdes Benería

Janine Berg

No Cure for Coercion

The Perils of
Privatization

Halina Brown

Andreas Bummel

Globalizing the
Challenge

Anna Coote

Strengthen the
Welfare State

A False Promise

Ian Gough

The Barriers
of Bigotry

Leah Hamilton

The Danger of
Good Intentions

Anke Hassel

Rethink Money First

Alf Hornborg

The Participatory Way

Antti Jauhiainen

Public Money for
a Public Purpose

Mary Mellor

A Case of
Wishful Thinking

Francine Mestrum

Toward Global Sharing

Adam Parsons

The Case for
Universal Service

Vicki Robin

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