Entries by Amy Hughes

Gaining Ground

This blog post is the US prize-winning essay, by Joshua Z. Miller, in the North American Basic Income Guarantee High School Essay Contest for 2021. Joshua is a high school junior, and an intern at the UBI Center. The cash prize was presented at the opening plenary session of the 2021 North American Basic Income […]

WHAT’S IN A NAME

Michael A. Lewis Professor Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center   As I’ve observed, listened to, or taken part in discussions about basic income (BI), I’ve noticed people use different definitions of BI as well as different terms to refer to policies similar to BI. Since such differences […]

Could UBI Lead to Lower Wages?

By Michael Anthony Lewis  Professor Silberman School of Social Work I recently had an exchange about UBI with a statistics professor. This is someone who identifies as politically left, so they aren’t hostile to the government granting income to people even if it does so unconditionally. Yet this person identifies as a UBI skeptic. Their […]

UBI is Owed to Us

Michael Anthony Lewis Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center My previous post, entitled “Why UBI,” focused on the main arguments I’ve seen in support of the proposal. This one will focus on arguments for UBI too. However, the ones I’ll discuss here are sufficiently different from the […]

WHY UBI?

WHY UBI? Michael Anthony Lewis Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center One of my earlier pieces in this series focused on objections to UBI. In this one, I’ll discuss arguments in support of it. Since that support has been varied, I’ll discuss it by grouping supporters into […]

WHY NOT A UBI?

WHY NOT A UBI? Michael Anthony Lewis  Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center   Although I like the idea of a UBI, this series isn’t meant to discuss what I like or dislike. Instead, it’s meant to bring those up to speed who’re new to the idea. […]

Basic Income and the U.S. Welfare State

Michael Anthony Lewis Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center In the introduction to this series, I defined a UBI as an amount of money, “that people would periodically receive, on an individual basis, and without income/asset-test or work requirement.” Nowhere in this definition does it say that […]