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 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.
Progress.org promotes using land taxes to support a universal basic income guarantee.
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”:
FAIRTAX.ORG endorses a BIG as part of an overall reform of the tax system.
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
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:
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.
GLOBAL BASIC INCOME FOUNDATION argues for the introduction of a global basic income, but also advocates for a national basic income in different countries.
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
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 (via basicincome.org) 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”.
“COMMON PURPOSE” MANIFESTO, (via basicincome.org) 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).”
BASIC INCOME SIMULATION (via basicincome.org) 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.
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.
MORE UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME LINKS – This web page has a collection of links to articles and websites on basic income.
Universal Basic Income For Everyone, by Tom Minogue Hastings