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Published on Sep 28, 2016
From Basic Income Conference - Day 2 - Christiansborg - 23 sept 2016. Unconditional Basic Income in a Nation Obsessed With Labour. How Do We Break the Taboo and Find Ways Forward? Times are changing, unlike the mindset of the Swedish political elite. Its desperate clinging to organizations and ideas of the past and its obsession with labour at any cost effectively blocks urgently needed debate and reforms. Whereas open-minded political leaders in nations like Finland, the Netherlands and Canada dare to try various versions of unconditional basic income, the concept is taboo within Sweden’s ruling elite. Meanwhile, interest in UBI is surging in the Swedish society, not least within the ever larger groups of people who are suffering from ever worse conditions in the labour market and excluded from the Swedish social security systems that were designed for a past era.There is an urgent need to find viable alternative ways forward. How can the taboo be broken and by whom? What solutions and what arguments might appeal to people and the elite in a society like Sweden with its deeply rooted culture of work ethics and worship of labour? Can some kind of unconditional basic income become part of an updated Nordic Model?