Markets can't tell the difference between a lack of demand and a lack of ability to express demand
Do you like markets? Well, whether you like them or not, they're pretty effective in most cases. The ability for two people to make an exchange where both feel they leave the exchange better off than prior to the exchange is a powerful thing. It's a form of democracy. By exchanging money for goods and services, people in markets are . . .
How to convert an economy based on fear to one based on joy
Every year since 2002, there is a North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress held in either the US or Canada. On the eve of this year’s NABIG in Hamilton, Ontario, I’d like to share with you my favorite presentation from 2017. It was a talk given by Ken Burak and it centered around the Pixar film “Monsters, Inc” as an argument for basic . . .
A letter-to-the-editor in opposition of imposing stricter work requirements for food stamps
The Trump administration has recently proposed adding what I consider to be some pretty counterproductive new requirements for SNAP (aka food stamp) recipients. In response to this, I immediately signed a public statement in defense of SNAP as an advocate of unconditional basic income because we should be going in the direction of . . .
A speech about UBI
I've just published over on Medium "It’s Time for Technology to Serve all Humankind with Unconditional Basic Income". It's actually the text of the speech I wrote for my keynote at Oredev last November in Sweden.
Because this speech was meant to be heard, I've recorded myself reading it aloud so that an audio . . .
Recorded on March 28, 2018
Below is the audio and text of the short speech I delivered to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities at the Canadian House of Commons on March 28, 2018 as an expert called to answer questions as part of a big study they are doing on Automated and Connected Vehicles in Canada.
In 2014, I went on . . .
Universal Basic Income Cryptocurrencies Like Manna are Pioneering the Way Towards Decentralized Targeting
Goodbye means-testing. Hello cryptographic universality.
I've provided an introduction to the cryptocurrency "Manna" in a previous blog entry, so if you've never heard of it, please start by reading that first, before coming back here to dive deeper.
There's something about Manna (and any UBI cryptocurrency really) that may just blow your mind to realize, as . . .
Short Answer: No
There are many arguments against the idea of an unconditional basic income, most based on a complete lack of any actual research. These arguments happen to be entirely logical, and even plausible, but simply aren't supported by the evidence that has already been accumulated over the decades to apply to them. There are other arguments . . .