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[25 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]

Here’s a Newsweek story about cash transfer programs in Brazil, South Africa, and Mexico. A mostly favorable story, too. Of course there’s no mention of the idea’s history in the United States, nor of the Basic Income Earth Network. Steven Shafarman

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[16 Mar 2010 | Comments Off | ]

When Elinor Ostrom was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics last year, the common response in the media was “Who’s that?” Not surprising, because Ostrom is a political scientist, primarily, not an economist, and had devoted her life to studying the way local communities organize to preserve common property resources. The current issue of [...]

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[27 Feb 2010 | Comments Off | ]

I’ve been posting to this blog for more than a year, sometimes daily for a few weeks, recently going more than a month without anything. The main reason for recent silence is that I’ve been busy seeking some income security for myself. Over the past few months I’ve realized that the campaign for income security [...]

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[27 Feb 2010 | Comments Off | ]

1. The U.S. Basic Income Guarantee will be holding a joint meeting April 15-16, 2010, with BIEN Canada. We’ll be in Montreal, the meeting is free, and we welcome anyone who is interested in joining the conversation. I hope to meet you there. More information is at and at 2. BIEN, the Basic [...]

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[16 Jan 2010 | Comments Off | ]

Martin Luther King Jr. day, 2010. Most Americans do not know of Dr. King’s strong endorsement of guaranteed income, and on this day when we commemorate his birth most of the invocations of his life ignore that aspect of his legacy. An internet search on”Martin Luther King” and “guaranteed income” yields a few blog posts [...]

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[14 Dec 2009 | Comments Off | ]

The Cantwell-Collins bill for “cap and dividend” is being debated in the environmental magazine Grist, and I’m taking a moment to insert some links to help readers of this blog find those articles. Here’s a piece by Peter Barnes that a friend sent me: At the bottom of that one are links to several [...]

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[11 Dec 2009 | Comments Off | ]

Strong signs of real progress toward a basic income in the United States Over the past week we’ve seen some possible breakthrough steps toward a basic income. Did you miss that news? Not surprising, because it’s been buried in news reports about the Copenhagen Climate talks. Sen. Maria Cantwell from Washington is introducing a bill [...]

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[21 May 2009 | One Comment | ]

Income security and the pursuit of happiness. It’s good to pause at times and think about what it means when people talk about “the pursuit of happiness,” particularly when we assert that it’s an “inalienable right.” Income security may, in fact, be a prerequisite for happiness. That’s one conclusion I draw from a short article [...]

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[8 May 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Income security for all is the best and fastest way to fix or heal the economy. But first: Are you tired of news about “the economy”? When you listen to the people on TV and radio – the reporters, commentators, and authors; the bankers, CEOs, and economists; and the politicians, too – do you sometimes [...]

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[7 May 2009 | Comments Off | ]

Income security for all will end hunger rapidly and directly. Are you concerned about hunger? Do you want to end homelessness? We can end hunger in America, rapidly, completely, by enacting Citizen Dividends. The same approach, modified, can end hunger around the world. More about how we’ll achieve that in a moment. An organization dedicated [...]