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Universal basic income


Universal basic income is a program that has been proposed by a diverse set of advocates that would give every person an equal "basic income"—just for being alive. A universal basic income would end poverty, give people the ability to pursue more meaningful work under more fair conditions, allow people to work less overall and spend more time in low-emissions activities like caring for one another, give women economic independence, and, overall, give people freedom over their own lives. Basic income experiments have been conducted in various localities in Canada, the U.S., and Namibia with incredible results; the famous "Mincome" experiment in Manitoba, Canada resulted in improved health outcomes, increased high school graduation rates, decreased hospitalization rates, and reduced domestic violence. Over the course of a one-year basic income experiment in the Otjivero-Omitara area of Namibia, the percentage of underweight children plummeted from 42 to ten percent, household debt fell by half, employment increased by 11 percent, and crime dropped by 42 percent. In Switzerland, a proposal for a universal basic income of 2,500 Swiss francs per month (about U.S. $2,800) will soon be voted on in a general election.

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  • commented 2015-06-04 10:13:12 -0700
    This is a tremendous idea that has application across the globe.
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