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A young person’s guide to a guaranteed or basic income: part 7

Published on April 3, 2016 By johnastapleton

Keeping what’s good from the past “There is a fire burning over the earth, taking with it plants and animals, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. At risk is a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalogue of the imagination, an oral and written language composed of the memories of countless elders and healers, warriors, […]

A young person’s guide to a guaranteed or basic income – Part 5

Published on February 27, 2016 By johnastapleton

The problem of work for a guaranteed or basic income “Although the practical implementation challenges make a GAI reform implausible in Canada, evidence from five North American experiments with a negative income tax style GAI provides some valuable insights. A negative income tax discourages recipients from working because it subsidizes leisure and reduces the marginal […]

A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income –Part 4

Published on February 21, 2016 By johnastapleton

Differences in contributions, services and need Now it’s time to talk about rights and human dignity – but I want to set the table first. I’m also not going to repeat too much from the first three entries. I am going to assume you have read them if you are now reading entry #4. In […]

A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income – Part 3

Published on February 15, 2016 By johnastapleton

What to do with our emotionally charged income security system To many, a GAI or basic income looks like a bauble or a confection. It’s up there with solving gridlock,  reducing global warming and curing cancer. Easy to want and easy to say – wicked hard to do! The problem with a GAI is not […]

A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income –part 2

Published on February 14, 2016 By johnastapleton

A Valentine’s Day gift for benefit designers – a tale of two GAI’s Last week, I self-published: A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income[1]. In the Toronto Star on Saturday February 12, there was a lead editorial[2] on Guaranteed and basic incomes that set out the usual cautions about beautiful unicorns […]

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