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A Realist's Utopia? Universal Basic Income

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Published on Jan 5, 2015

"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better" - Albert Camus

Universal Basic Income is the idea that everyone, regardless of means or actions, should receive a basic payment from the state. It is advocated for from across the political spectrum and practical considerations of the scheme are becoming ever more common, including a referendum due to be held in Switzerland in the near future.

Warwick Think Tank seeks a meaningful discussion on the case for and problems of a Universal Basic Income. Would the implementation of the UBI destroy incentives to work or instead inspire and liberate? Is basic security a right in itself?

The Speakers:

*Dr. Malcolm Torry is honorary Director of the Citizen’s Income Trust. He has first degrees in mathematics, theology, philosophy, and economics and management, and higher degrees in social policy and in theology. From May 2011 to April 2012 he was an hon. Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. He is Vicar of Holy Trinity, Greenwich Peninsula. Recently authored "Money for Everyone: Why we need a Citizen’s Income".

*Dr David Jenkins holds a PhD in political theory. His thesis started out about concept of effort and, without forethought, developed into full-blown advocacy for a UBI. He is currently working on a post-doc about the radicalism implicit in the unconditionality of a basic income.

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