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…

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…

Preview of the North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress, June 17-19, 2021 

Michael Howard Coordinator, USBIG The annual NABIG Congress is less than a month away. The full program will be posted soon. In the meantime, I’m writing to give you a preview of a few of the exciting sessions that will be available. Plenary…

Could UBI Lead to Lower Wages?

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…

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…

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…

Beyond Cancer Cell Ideology: Reframing the Demand for Basic Income in a Time of Mass Extinction

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” - Edward Abbey

A Deeper Dive into “Work” (Really “Labor Supply”) and UBI

A Deeper Dive into “Work” (Really “Labor Supply”) and UBI Michael A. Lewis Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center   In my previous piece “Why Not a UBI?” I said that…

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.…

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…