From The Tyee: Guaranteed Basic Income on Verge of Take-off in Canada.
Guy Caron is not a household name in Canadian politics. Yet.
Caron kicked off his campaign for the New Democratic Party leadership this week with a policy proposal that’s becoming the subject of a lot of political chatter in Canada and beyond: a guaranteed basic income.
The idea could well become the sleeper issue in Canadian politics in 2017 — not just in the NDP but across the political spectrum, drawing in non-partisan advocates as well. [continue]
Article summary: “As automation reduces the need for human labor, some Silicon Valley executives think a universal income will be the answer — and the beta test is happening in Kenya.”
If that sounds like your kind of article, go read the rest at the New York Times: The future of not working.
Related link: Give Directly.
From reason.com: A Privately Funded Experiment in a Universal Basic Income.
A U.S.-based group is preparing a pilot program in Kenya that will test the effects of a universal basic income—the increasingly popular concept of giving virtually everyone in a community unconditional payments on a regular basis. Unlike past large-scale experiments of this sort, this one is being run and funded privately.
The organization behind the effort is GiveDirectly, a charity whose work in Africa is based on the idea of giving people cash without restrictions on how the money can be spent. (The underlying anti-paternalist principle is that the needy know their needs better than outsiders do.) That outlook led naturally to an interest in the basic income, and so the organizers conceived a randomized control trial: [continue]
I’m looking forward to hearing how this turns out.
(I found this on Diaspora*, where it was posted by Max Strube.)