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(UBI) Universal Basic Income 101

What is Universal Unconditional Basic Income? (UBI)

Basic Income: “A periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement.” — Basic Income Earth Network

A great Basic Income 101 place to start is this article: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/01/why-we-should-all-have-a-basic-income THEN read here: https://medium.com/@2noame/latest

Below is an introduction to UBI for those who have never heard the idea before.


~ EVIDENCE ~ RESEARCH ~

For those with a basic understanding of UBI and seeking further evidence please read the evidence on how UBI can help with these major issues facing the nation- and the world: http://list.ly/list/1RdG-ubi-research-links-universal-basic-income-evidence


Ready to take action? Jump on to social-networks like Twitter and use the hashtag #basicincome in your post - many global supporters will see and likely share your message to continually reach a wider audience. YOU CAN make a difference. Follow the tips at http://twitter.com/UBIadvocates to get more involved.

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What is Universal/Unconditional Basic Income [UBI]

What is Universal/Unconditional Basic Income [UBI]

Basic Income: “A periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement.”

UNCONDITIONAL - Without any requirements. (No prerequisites, no stipulations, no special demands, no work requirement, no means-testing.)

UNIVERSAL - For everyone. (If it isn’t Universal & Unconditional- it isn’t “UBI”)

BASIC - A foundational income floor. (To provide vital food, clean water, basic shelter. To ensure social inclusion. To diminish daily stress & anxiety. To ensure a foundational level of health, cognitive ability, & socio-economic lifetime trajectory. The freedom of time, to express your greatness or fulfillment using the limited time you have on Earth.)

INCOME - A monthly amount ensured as a right. (Because you have inherent value or worth from the day you are born. For existing as a human being here on Earth. For being a part of humanity.)

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Animation explaining "Before and after UBI/BasicIncome" using symbols.

Animation explaining "Before and after UBI/BasicIncome" using symbols.

Animation explaining "Before and after UBI/BasicIncome" using symbols. via http://twitter.com/ubisticker

Share this gif: http://ubi.earth/sym.gif

What if you got $1,000 a month, just for being alive? I decided to find out. – Basic income

*If human civilization is a skyscraper we’ve been building together for thousands of years, unconditional basic income is the foundation we neglected to place underneath it all. *

What is BasicIncome? - WIKI

Wiki from the /r/BasicIncome community on Reddit.com

What is the UBI movement?

2017 is the year Universal/Unconditional Basic Income takes root around the world!
The Worldwide Universal Unconditional Basic Income Movement is a movement of people around the world who have decided that people have a right not to be property. That we can decide that people have a right not to live in poverty." We can decide that everyone on Earth has worth and value from day one. We have decided. We hope you do to. Join the movement today and speak up about Universal Basic Income to everyone you know. The movement has actually been going for more than 50 years. http://basicincome.org

There are increasingly more well-known individuals speaking up for UBI: http://www.businessinsider.com/entrepreneurs-endorsing-universal-basic-income-2016-11?r=DE&IR=T

Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash

"Ideas can and do change the world," says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea's 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked -- and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all.

Why everyone should have a basic income | Guy Standing

Why everyone should have a basic income | Guy Standing - "It is not only possible, but feasable, desirable, affordable. It’s a remarkable change. We’ve established a network called BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network), and I just hope at least one of you listening, will join us in the struggle... because it is going to be a struggle... and it will only come about if we collectively demand it... and that is possible, and desirable."

History of basic income | BIEN

The idea of an unconditional basic income has three historical roots. The idea of a minimum income first appeared at the beginning of the 16th century. The idea of an unconditional one-off grant first appeared at the end of the 18th century. And the two were combined for the first time to form the idea of an unconditional basic income near the middle of the 19th century.

The BIG Library: Books About Basic Income – Basic income

A huge list of books written on Universal Basic Income compiled on Medium.com by Scott Santens

Why we should all have a basic income

Consider for a moment that from this day forward, on the first day of every month, around $1,000 is deposited into your bank account – because you are a citizen. This income is independent of every other source of income and guarantees you a monthly starting salary above the poverty line for the rest of your life.

True Freedom Comes With Basic Income – Basic income – Medium

As long as we face starvation and homelessness, we are at the whims of others.

A basic income could defeat the scarcity mindset, instill a sense of solidarity and even ease the anxieties that gave us Brexit and Trump

Further very important reading here!

Read the latest stories written by Scott Santens on Medium. New Orleans writer focused on the potential for human civilization to gets its act together in the 21st century. Moderator of /r/BasicIncome on Reddit.

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Basic Income: “A periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or...

Basic Income: “A periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or...

UNCONDITIONAL - Without any requirements. (No prerequisites, no stipulations, no special demands, no work requirement, no means-testing.)

UNIVERSAL - For everyone. (If it isn’t Universal & Unconditional- it isn’t “UBI”)

BASIC - A foundational income floor. (To provide vital food, clean water, basic shelter. To ensure social inclusion. To diminish daily stress & anxiety. To ensure a foundational level of health, cognitive ability, & socio-economic lifetime trajectory. The freedom of time, to express your greatness or fulfillment using the limited time you have on Earth.)

INCOME - A monthly amount ensured as a right. (Because you have inherent value or worth from the day you are born. For existing as a human being here on Earth. For being a part of humanity.)

Basic Income for the U.S.

Basic Income was almost implemented in the US in 1970, and pressure is growing for it again. This is the UBI model referenced in the video: https://medium.co...