Thursday, July 10, 2014

Basic Income, Eh?

Canadian academics and activists are engaged in that country's first national campaign for a basic guaranteed income, which they say would "help prevent poverty, reduce inequality, enhance individual freedom, boost human creativity, stimulate entrepreneurship, promote citizenship, increase efficiency in public services and reduce government intrusion in private life."

Last weekend's 15th International Basic Income Earth Network Conference, held in Montreal, marked the public debut of a campaign to raise awareness about and support for the concept of a basic income in Canada, which is home to about 35 million people. The Basic Income Canada Network's BIG Push campaign suggests that an annual income of between $20-25,000 would be sufficient for a working-age adult.

"A basic income guarantee is a feature of a society in which people are not just isolated individuals but rather are selves in relation to one another, where people are treated with fairness and equality." –Kelly Ernst, BICN

"A basic income guarantee is a feature of a society in which people are not just isolated individuals but rather are selves in relation to one another, where people are treated with fairness and equality. It is a society that understands we are not alone in any endeavour we undertake," wrote Kelly Ernst, secretary general of Basic Income Canada Network (BICN), in a blog post.

While Canadians are no strangers to the concept of basic income—the "Mincome" experiment that took place in the province of Manitoba during the 1970s had positive effects on health and education—there is still widespread skepticism about the idea, particularly around how such a policy would impact work and labor practices.
New Campaign Pushes for 'Basic Income Guarantee' in Canada (Common Dreams)

3 comments:

  1. The concept is fine but the quantity is a problem. $3000/year is more realistic ($8/day, $5/day to eat, $3/day on cheap wine or other entertainment.). Just enough to keep people from committing crimes of desperation.

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  2. "$3000/year is more realistic" Not even close. That's not even half of what SSI gives.

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  3. I think K 25 would get about right enough to cover the basics of life at a minimal level. But we must keep higher education free as well

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