Written By: - Date published: 6:04 am, March 14th, 2021 - 49 comments
I believe, as our first Labour Government did, that everyone has the right “to a life” regardless of their perceived ,”value”.
In our country, with its excess of resources and capability, we have no excuse for poverty.
For leaving people behind.
Written By: - Date published: 11:11 am, March 6th, 2021 - 46 comments
A newly published report in the United States on a two year UBI trial shows remarkable results. Is such a trial possible in New Zealand?
Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, November 23rd, 2020 - 21 comments
Giving migrant workers access to insufficient welfare is a financial coercion tool of right wing and centrist economics.
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, June 29th, 2020 - 263 comments
The Greens’ audacious new social security policy, the Poverty Action Plan, places manaakitangi and compassion at the centre. It includes guaranteed income across the board for those in need, reorientating ACC to include illness and prioritise care, support for children and single and double parented families, and it pays for it all by taxing some of the assets and income of the wealthy.
Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, March 25th, 2020 - 75 comments
Universal Basic Income is on the Government’s Covid-19 survival agenda. NZ needs it now, and NZ will need it tomorrow too.
Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, March 20th, 2020 - 71 comments
There’s a world where, apparently, people shake hands with other people all day. I don’t know that world. I couldn’t tell you the last time I shook some-one’s hand. And I suspect those who inhabit a world of hand-shakers have as little insight to my world as I do theirs. But in “one world”…
Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, February 27th, 2020 - 122 comments
Please don’t let economists, lefties, the right, or TOP design a UBI until we start talking about bolting welfare on. Here’s why.
Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, December 18th, 2019 - 34 comments
When we hear a supposedly progressive economist talking about elderly people as decrepit, or rendering the elderly poor invisible, it’s time to revisit our moral compass.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, May 17th, 2018 - 20 comments
The National Party has recently been on the Government’s case for increasing strikes under their watch. But is that really a fair criticism, and does it jive well with the other things the Opposition has been claiming to value?
Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, September 19th, 2017 - 97 comments
Safety nets should be for all people and the best way to ensure that is to design them for social need not as economic tools. Despite Gareth Morgan’s assertion that policy is everything, The Opportunities Party has managed to create a youth policy that is discriminatory.
Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, March 8th, 2017 - 53 comments
Bill English’s new super plan falls between 2 stools. The super cost crisis that he’s trying to summon up, is before 2040 if it exists. The solution was the Cullen Fund. By 2040 you’re just adding yet another Baby Boomer cost onto GenX and the millenials, and there’s going to be a shortage of jobs anyway, without adding 65 & 66 year-olds to our dole queues.
Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, October 22nd, 2016 - 44 comments
Barack Obama recently talked about the possible need for a universal basic income because of the disappearance of work. Is a UBI so different to collective ownership of wealth?
Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, July 29th, 2016 - 25 comments
The Herald (Liam Dann) had a Terminator themed piece on the future of work yesterday. If only there was a party that was thinking about these long term issues!
Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, June 7th, 2016 - 13 comments
Some context for the debate.
Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, June 7th, 2016 - 35 comments
Seems the path towards acceptance of the UBI is not going to be smooth.
Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, June 3rd, 2016 - 51 comments
Practical trials of an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) are taking place or are under consideration across Europe. Given the increasing automation of work it’s difficult to see a practical alternative to a UBI in the medium to long term.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, April 15th, 2016 - 120 comments
Two recent articles in the Guardian highlight the staggering amount of money being sent to overseas tax havens by the wealthy and how with the disappearance of work a universal basic income will become a necessity.
Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, April 14th, 2016 - 43 comments
An interesting piece in The Guardian looks at the costs of tax evasion, and how (in America) the missing funds could be used to fund a UBI.
Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, April 1st, 2016 - 221 comments
Imperator Fish warns us of the terrifying cost of Labour’s UBI.
It’s even worse than you think.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 31st, 2016 - 117 comments
Labour’s discussion of a possible UBI is still generating debate.
Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, March 27th, 2016 - 200 comments
Bernard Hickey makes some excellent points on the Unconditional Basic Income / Guaranteed Minimum Income.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, March 24th, 2016 - 144 comments
John Key and an array of National sock puppets have misrepresented Labour’s UBI proposal as party policy and as being very expensive when it is not party policy and when a variety of different potential forms have been raised for discussion.
Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, March 14th, 2016 - 361 comments
As with capital gains tax, the political left is kicking off a very important discussion for NZ.
Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, June 26th, 2015 - 97 comments
Income in a world of climate change.
Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, November 1st, 2014 - 188 comments
Automation is changing everything – faster than we think…
Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, January 26th, 2014 - 207 comments
There has been an abundance of research showing that communities and societies function better when their resources are shared around. But the need to persuade ordinary people that this is so is the most important thing to achieve. Because without popular support attempts to change the current system are bound to fail.
Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, January 22nd, 2014 - 35 comments
Income equality is one measure that can be used to indicate the equality of a society. Flip has analysed the 2011 income distribution and show how a UBI (Universal Basic Income) can create greater income equality.
Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, January 22nd, 2014 - 106 comments
This post by polity certainly adds some grist to the debate on unconditional basic income (UBI) and kids. It looks at the example provided by the Cherokee in a natural quasi-experiment in North Carolina on how kids grow up. Being generous and acting early pays off.