The Basic Income Guarantee is an unconditional, government-insured guarantee that all citizens will have enough income to meet their basic needs

Links to BIG Websites

This page contains links to websites with information about BIG. The pages differ considerably in their point of view. Some promote a BIG, some promote it as part of a larger strategy; some promote variations on the idea; some oppose it altogether. The fact that these websites are listed here is not considered a recommendation of their program, simply a location to find information.

Further links may be found in the USBIG Newsletters and on our "About Us" page.


THE BASIC INCOME EARTH NETWORK (BIEN) is an international organization for sharing BIG information.  BIEN maintains an extensive website, publishes a newsletter, and organizes conferences promoting basic income around the world. It recognizes many National and Regional Affiliates around the world, including USBIG.

USBIG collaborates with BIEN Canada every year to organize the North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress. The location alternates annually between the US and Canada.


BASIC INCOME STUDIES is the first academic journal on basic income. Several members of the USBIG Coordinating Committee or Advisory Board have been published in this journal.

UNIVERSAL INCOME TRUST is a New Zealand registered educational charity providing research, resources, presentations and general information on the social, environmental and economic benefits of universal income systems, which it defines as those economic systems that comply with the International Bill of Human Rights. In other words it is more specific than BIG in that it aligns the concept with current international human rights laws. The Trust has published a book entitled Universal Income for a Sustainable Future, written by Patrick Danahey.

SEVERAL GROUPS ARE PROMOTING BIG IN SOUTH AFRICA. In 2001, many of them came together to create the Basic Income Grant Coalition, which is affliated with the South Africans for a Basic Income Grant website of the Development Resources Centre (DRC). In addition to BIEN Affiliates, other South Africa BIG websites include:

VIVANT is a movement (mainly Belgian, but with some activity in France and Switzerland) that promotes Basic Income by participating in elections.

WIKIPEDIA ENTRY ON BASIC INCOME. The free, on-line encyclopedia written by its readers contains a short article on basic income, some of which seems to be taken from the USBIG site. If you want to read or improve this article, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guaranteed_minimum_income.

THE BOSTON REVIEW included seventeen articles on the basic income guarantee by Philippe Van Parijs and others in its October-November 2000 issue. These articles have been jointly published as a book entitled, “What’s Wrong with a Free Lunch?” The full text of the articles can be found on line at this direct link: http://bostonreview.net/BR25.5/contents.html.

THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRATIC SOCIETIES (CSDS) has been talking about some form of BIG for 30 years.

THE CAMPAIGN FOR UNIVERSAL INHERITANCE proposes a one-time basic capital grant financed out of inheritance taxes for Britain for the purpose of creating greater equality of opportunity.

WORLD CITIZENS ACTION supports a plan for a Basic Income for all funded by the United Nations. Contact: Lisinka Ulatowska.

Progress.org promotes using land taxes to support a universal basic income guarantee.

COUNCIL OF GEORGIST ORGANIZATIONS

THE ALASKA PERMANENT FUND pays a partial Basic Income Guarantee to all Alaska residents funded from oil revenue.

THE HALF BAKERY is a website that specializes in informal discussions of political and social issues. It has a discussion of basic income at: http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Basic_20income

CLAWS (CREATING LIVABLE ALTERNATIVES TO WAGE SLAVERY) actively promotes alternatives to the wage slavery mindset and what they call "The Cult of the Job" which equates a job with "making a living". The website includes essays, book excerpts and articles by Bob Black, Robert Anton Wilson, Bertrand Russell, Buckminster Fuller, Jean Liedloff and others who are critical of the cult of the job.

THE JOAN BARDINA STUDIES CENTER contains political and economic proposals against poverty and corruption, using a system called “basic revenue.” The website contains articles and books in seven languages including Catalan, Castilian Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Esperanto.

SOCIAL CREDIT AND NATIONAL DIVIDEND: Social Credit is a comprehensive economic proposal that includes a basic income under the name of the National Dividend. The Social Credit movement promotes a national dividend as part of its wider policy for monetary and fiscal reform, and has its origins in Alberta in the 1920s. There are several sites on the web promoting “Social Credit”:

MARTIN LUTHER KING’S ENDORSEMENT OF THE BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE has been addressed twice by Jordan Weissmann in articles in the online version of The Atlantic Magazine: Martin Luther King's Economic Dream: A Guaranteed Income for All Americans and Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Solution to Poverty.

DESMOND TUTU'S ENDORSEMENT OF THE BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE in a videotaped address that Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Nobel Laureate and one of the great figures of the anti-apartheid struggle) made at the Eleventh BIEN Congress is on the web on YouTube.com. For a direct link go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf3n-L5FDy0.

FAIRTAX.ORG endorses a BIG as part of an overall reform of the tax system.

MARSHAL BRAIN: This website examines the link between technological advancement and basic income. Noted author, Marshall Brain (author of "The Way Stuff Works") has endorsed a basic income guarantee of $25,000 a year on the grounds of the need for economic security in an age where more and more of our output is produced with robotic rather than human labor. Also see:

KARL WIDERQUIST'S INTERVIEW WITH CHANGE SURFER RADIO is on the web at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=7190. Dr J. Hughes interviewed Dr. Widerquist for 40 minutes about his proposal for all citizens to receive a guaranteed income from the government

CAROL PATEMAN'S INTRODUCTION TO BIG ON WEB IN STREAMING AUDIO AND VIDEO
Titled "The Equivalent of the Right to Land, Life, and Liberty? Democracy and the Idea of a Basic Income", Carole Pateman, a professor of Political Science at UCLA introduces Basic Income in a 50-minute lecture. After the first 10 minutes of introduction it is a three-part lecture on 1) What is a BIG, 2) What are its advantages, and 3) What are the current criticisms. It is simple enough for newcomers to the subject. The lecture is available in both streaming audio and streaming video at: http://www.oid.ucla.edu/webcast/frl.

THE POLICY LIBRARY has a variety of articles related to Basic Income. Search site for "basic income".

CROOKED TIMBER BLOG DISCUSSES BIG:

LAWSOMONOMY is the provision of a guaranteed line of credit rather than a guaranteed income. Every individual over 21 years of age would be allowed a certain amount of credit for investment purposes, without requirement of collateral. When the amount is drawn no more will be given until the earlier obligations have been met. http://www.lawsonomy.org/DCEverybody100.html.

JAMESROBERTSON.COM includes three articles on BIG:

His approach is that people should pay for the value of the “common resources” they take from the common pot and that at least part of the resulting revenue should be distributed to every citizen as a rightful income. The basic income would be financed by a “tax shift” away from existing taxes to other sources of public revenue, including: taxes on land, natural resources, and pollution; fees and license charges (e.g. for traffic congestion and use of the radio spectrum for telecommunications); revenue from collective ownership of assets; and the value of money put into circulation as part of the (official currency) money supply. He argues that the same approach should be applied globally as well as nationally; it would result in a more efficient as well as a more just economy, globally and nationally.

GLOBAL BASIC INCOME FOUNDATION argues for the introduction of a global basic income, but also advocates for a national basic income in different countries.

AN ARTICLE BY UK INDYMEDIA ENDORSES BIG. UK Indymedia a network of individuals, independent and alternative media activists that offers noncommercial coverage of social and political issues. The article, entitled “Gobal Social Rights Worldwide Sink the G8!,” is on line at: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/07/345082.html.

THE FREE LUNCH by Charles Bazlinton, is a book focusing on the "valuable benefits that flow from gifts of nature or which arise solely because society exists." The author has launched a website exposing his views. http://www.the-free-lunch.com/

LIVABLE INCOME FOR EVERYONE (LIFE) was founded in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada) in 2003 to promote the implementation of universal guaranteed livable income in every country in the world. Its website includes discussion, statistics, and other info on BIG.

Earth Rights Institute: This website focuses on human’s equal right to natural resources, and it contains articles connecting a Citizens’ Dividend to Resource Rents. It also has an article on The Alaska Permanent Fund. Contact: Alanna Hartzok

INTERVIEW WITH GÖTZ WERNER, IN ENGLISH: One of the numerous interviews with Götz Werner, currently the most prominent advocate of basic income in Germany.

RISE UP ECONOMICS is a progressive plan to ensure economic security for all through a $10,000 annual refundable tax credit for all Americans. It will stimulate the economy, eliminate poverty, protect the middle class, and help change work as we know it.

NEW ZEALAND'S WELFARE MESS: According to Susan St. John, “A comprehensive review of the welfare state in New Zealand for the 21st century social and economic conditions is well overdue. Longer term reform may also involve the use of basic income ideas such as provided by refundable tax credits".
-From BIEN

SHORT ESSAY ON BASIC INCOME by Andrew Usher
-From BIEN

ROBIN HOOD WAS RIGHT: Dan O'Sullivan in Daily Kos online.

YOUTUBE VIDEO AND AUDIO SERIES ON BASIC INCOME
Joerg Drescher has compiled a video and audio series on Basic Income and posted it on YouTube. Some of the entries interviews are conducted by Drescher. Others are from video archives. The series includes discussion of basic income by former Alaska Governor Jay Hamond, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Guy Standing, Karl Widerquist, John Tomlinson, Senator Eduardo Suplicy, and others. The series playlist is online at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/BODinUA#g/c/3DD864D8692717D5

GLOBAL ETHICS CORNER SLIDESHOW ON YOUTUBE
Can basic income grants work for those living in extreme poverty? Or are grants discouraging people from taking individual responsibility? This Global Ethics Corner slideshow is based on the Namibian pilot project. It is part of a weekly series from the Carnegie Council: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaWVbTd0-_I
For further information: http://www.cceia.org
-From BIEN

BASIC INCOME AND HAITI ON FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=291135833623&ref=nf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNkY1MWQx6k
-From BIEN

"COMMON PURPOSE" MANIFESTO, by Ben Wallace, includes a plea for basic income: "Because direct income equality from free trade is impossible, and free trade is vital, a shared base income, ensuring equal opportunity for all to realise potential, must be created by sharing the earnings we make on our trade (the earnings we make from sale of our products and services after our expenses involved in producing them)."
-From BIEN

BASIC INCOME SIMULATION: Keith Rankin (Department of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Creative Industries and Business, Unitec New Zealand) has published a number of tables that show, for individual taxpayers, average and marginal tax rates for: the status quo; conservative reform options that recognise the comparatively high rates of tax that low income New Zealanders pay; and less conservative (but even more principled) "refundable tax credit" options that integrate a flat tax (inclusive of ACC) with a basic universal benefit.
-From BIEN

EIGHT REASONS FOR UNCONDITIONAL BASIC INCOME
A short clip about basic income on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg9tNhUDh5g&feature=player_embedded
-From BIEN

THE CONSERVATIVE CASE FOR A GUARANTEED BASIC INCOME - An article in The Atlantic online magazine.

EKATA PLATFORM (FORMERLY THE BASIC INCOME PROJECT) - Project is to build a smart phone application that uses a type of digital currency which gets injections of unconditional basic income for communities and individuals to start using in their initiatives.

ROUND UP: UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME LINKS - This web page has a collection of links to articles and websites on basic income. Round Up: Universal Basic Income links,” A Latent Existence, November 21, 2013.