8th Annual Congress, February 27–March 1, 2009

8th Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network

New York City, February 27 – March 1, 2009

Sheraton New York Hotel
811 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street., New York, NY


Opening Speakers

Moderator: Michael Howard

Senator Hugh Segal: The Infrastructure of Civility: Basic Income and Economic Recovery

Steve Pressman, Justice and History: The Big Problem of Wilt Chamberlain

2A. Roundtable Discussion: The Legacy of Leonard Greene

Moderator: Allan Ostergren

James Bryan, Manhattanville College

Irwin Garfinkel, Columbia University

Don Sutherland, Institute for SocioEconomic Studies

Naomi Lopez Bauman, Public Policy Consultant

2B. Human Behavior, Incentives, and Anti-Poverty Policy

Moderator: Michael A. Lewis

Buford Farris, Sociology and Basic Income: A Case Study of Four Theorists

Wesley Pech, A Critical Evaluation of the Contribution of Behavioral Economics to the Basic Income Grant Idea

Chandra Pasma, Working through the Work Disincentive

3A. The Financial Crisis, Reform, and the Basic Income Guarantee

Moderator: Alanna Hartzok

Jeffery J. Smith, BIG In Pocket, Who Needs a Bailout?

Marc Vandenberghe, Financial crisis: RIGHT on Basic Income for a stable financing of basics economy?

Richard C. Cook: Dividend Economics and the Basic Income Guarantee: A ‘Bailout’ for the People.

Stephen C. Clark, Excalibrator Logarithmic Cybercurrency: A Monetary Fugue

3B. Social Justice and Economic Wellbeing

Moderator: Richard Caputo

Frederick Streets, Well Being and Social Justice: Myths and Realities

Joel Blau, Social Justice: Models and Measures

Michael Reisch, Economic Globalization and Social Justice in a Multicultural Society

Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, BIG and the U.S. Hispanic Community

Film and Discussion: A Day’s Work, A Day’s Pay

Moderator: Steve Shafarman

Kathy Leichter

4B. Two Market Reforms: The Employer of Last Resort and the Basic Income Guarantee

Moderator: Karl Widerquist

Fadhel Kaboub, Inequality and Financial Instability: The ELR Solution

Rania Antonopoulos, Public Job Creation: A Path to Inclusive and Gender Equitable Development

Pavlina R. Tcherneva, How Do Job and Income Guarantees Affect the Lives of Poor Women: Some Insights from Argentina

Discussants: Jim BryanMalcolm Sawyer, and Omar Hamouda

  1. Alternative Responses to Poverty

Moderator: Michael A. Lewis

Micheál L Collins, An Empirical Profile of those Living around Ireland’s Poverty Line

Mary A Cavaleri, The Feasibility and Impact of the Bridge Program

Phil Harvey, The Promise and Limitations of the BIG Idea

Yannick Vanderborght, Universal Child Benefits and the Struggle Against Child Poverty

6A. What is an asset? Which assets should be held in common? Physical, monetary, cyber, and social assets as sources for universal grants

Moderator: Jeffery J. Smith

Nicolaus Tideman, Money Issuance as a Source for a Basic Income Guarantee & how to apply for a forbrukslån

Eron Lloyd, Social Shareholder Model

Gary Flomenhoft, An Inventory of Basic Income Revenue Potential from Common Assets in Vermont

6B. The Politics of BIG, Part I

Moderator: Al Sheahen

Harry F Dahms, Barriers to Basic Income: The Constitutional Logic of Modern Societies

Jason Burke Murphy, Baby Steps: On the Need for Incremental Victories

Ingrid van Niekerk, An Incremental Path to BI: Evidence from Africa

7A. The Earth Belongs to Everyone—Author Meets Commentators

Moderator: Karl Widerquist

Alanna Hartzok, Earth Rights Institute, Author The Earth Belongs to Everyone

Anthony Squires, Western Michigan University

Pat Aller, Robert Schalkenbach Foundation

Fred Foldvary, Santa Clara University

Jim Bryan, Manhattanville College

7B. The Politics of BIG, Part II

Moderator: Almaz Zelleke

Steven Shafarman, Ending the Recession and Rethinking Economics: Income Security for All

Reimund Acker, Political Phase Transition: Netzwerk Grundeinkommen’s Departure from Utopia to Berlin

Seán Healy and Brigid Reynolds, The Nation State and the Welfare State – Can the Latter survive the Changing Nature of the Former?

Aziz Akgul, Draft Act to the Turkish Parliament on Citizen’s Income

8A. Roundtable discussion: Campaigning for Basic Income

Moderator: Steven Shafarman

Jesse Johnson, Mountain Party, West Virginia

Brent McMillan, Political Director, Green Party, USA

Dan O’Sullivan, Change to Win Coalition of unions representing six million workers

Al Sheahen, co-author of “the Tax Cut for the Rest of Us” Bill

8B. Poverty in Canada: Problems and Possibilities

Moderator: Eri Noguchi

James P. Mulvale, Tilting at Windmills or Seeking Bold Solutions? Promoting Guaranteed Income During Economic and Environmental Crisis

Ernie Lightman, Fighting Child Poverty in Ontario: The Deprivation Index

Evelyn L. Forget, New Evidence on the Outcomes of the Canadian GAI Social Experiment

  1. Featured Speaker

Moderator: Ingrid van Niekerk

6:00: Basic Income’s coming of age

Stanley Aronowitz, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Basic Income and the Emerging Politics About the American Safety Net

6:45: Frances Fox Piven, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

10A. Natural Resource Value as a Moral and Economic Basis for Social Support

Moderator: Stephen C. Clark

Alanna Hartzok, Land Rights and Land Value Capture

Mason Gaffney, Efficiency and equity: symbiosis rather than tradeoff

Cay Hehner, The Timeliness of a Timeless Philosophy for BI

10B. Social Justice and Income Support

Moderator: Yannick Vanderborght

Karl Widerquist, Five False Claims of Political Philosophy

Michael W. Howard, Basic Income for All: A Realistic Utopia?


  1. Plenary Session:The Failed Welfare Revolution: America’s Struggle over Guaranteed Income Policy—Author meets Critics

Moderator: Almaz Zelleke

Jeff Manza

Richard Caputo

Louise Haag

John Krinsky

Brian Steensland

  1. Closing Plenary: Bringing Basic Income into Mainstream Politics

Moderator: Eri Noguchi

Tony Martin, Member of Parliament, New Democratic Party, Canadian House of Commons

Eduardo Suplicy, Senator, Workers Party, Brazilian Senate