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Your Call: Is it time for a guaranteed basic income?

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In Switzerland the Basic Income Generation sets a new world record for the largest poster in the world on May 14, 2016

On the June 6th edition of Your Call, what if everyone were guaranteed a basic income? Yesterday, Switzerland residents voted to provide everyone in the country the equivalent of $2,500 a month, with no strings attached. More than 100,000 signatures landed the initiative on the Swiss ballot, but it only gained 23 percent of votes.

Here in the US, the idea has become popular with both tech and labor leaders. Supporters say it would alleviate poverty and spark entrepreneurship. 

How politically and economically feasible is a guaranteed basic income in the US? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Andy Stern, senior fellow at Columbia University's Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy and co-author of Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream

Karl Widerquist, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University-Qatar and author or co-editor of A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No, Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research, and Exporting the Alaska Model

Web Resources:

Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream

Selected works by Karl Widerquist

The Alaska Model as a Menu of Options

The Big Casino

A Retrospective on the Negative Income Tax Experiments: Looking Back at the Most Innovative Field Studies in Social Policy

The U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network

The Atlantic: Welfare Makes America More Entrepreneurial

CNBC: What you need to know about the Swiss basic income vote

Tech.Mic: Can Basic Income Bring About the Next Creative Renaissance?

The Washington Post: The most conservative way to fight poverty is to send everyone a government check