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

Paul Raskin

A Policy for a
Caring Economy

Sarath Davala

Karen Foster

Welfare without
Stigma

On the Path to
Universality

Tim Hollo

Michael Howard

In Defense of
Unconditionality

Azfar Khan

A Call for Dignity
and Solidarity

A Foundation for
a Moral Economy

Jeremy Lent

A Pragmatic
Utopian Demand

Simon Mair

Public Money for
a Public Purpose

Mary Mellor

How to Green a UBI

Ulrich Schachtschneider

Income Floors and
Ecological Ceilings

Caroline Whyte

Lessons from the
Real World

Almaz Zelleke

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Panel 2Click on an image to read contribution

UNIVERSAL
BASIC
INCOME

Caveats and Alternatives

Enlarging our
Socio-economic
ambitions

Lourdes Beneria

Janine Berg

A Weak Antidote
to Social Inequity

Against Privatizing
the Welfare State

Halina Brown

Andreas Bummel

Globalizing the
Challenge

Anna Coote

Guarantee a
Minimum Income
Instead

A False Promise

Ian Gough

Confronting the Barriers
of Racism and Sexism

Leah Hamilton

Good Intentions,
Dangerous
Consequences

Anke Hassel

The Need for
All-of-the-Above
Solutions

Antti Jauhiainen

The Beauty of
the Process

Robert Labaree

A Case of
Wishful Thinking

Francine Mestrum

Universal Human
Rights: Precondition
for a True UBI

Adam Parsons

Universal Income Plus
Universal Service

Vicki Robin

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