Hi David,

Completely agree, there needs to be a discussion about the "Basic Income” model. I’m wondering whether you’ve read Dmytri Kleiner’s polemical article on Furtherfield recently ‘Universal Basic Income Is a Neoliberal Plot To Make You Poorer’?

He says, “The reason many people on the left are excited about proposals such as universal basic income is that they acknowledge economic inequality and its social consequences. However, a closer look at how UBI is expected to work reveals that it is intended  to provide political cover for the elimination of social programs and the privatization of social services. The Liberal Party's resolution is no exception. Calling for "Savings in health, justice, education and social welfare as well as the building of self-reliant, taxpaying citizen," clearly means social cuts and privatization.”

Well worth a read, it received a lot of interest and has had 46,938 reads so far, which is a measurement of interest, not agreement of course ;-)

Wishing you well.


On 9 September 2016 at 09:22, David Garcia <d.garcia@new-tactical-research.co.uk> wrote:
Is it time for Money/Lab to have a candid discussion about the "Basic Income” model.
This was put to the vote and defeated in Switzerland but as automation grows and is now
touching previously "white collar" middle class jobs the impetus accross the political spectrum
is to take this seriously. 

It could be that the economic impediments to implementing this might be substantive as 
well as ideological. Would Money/Lab be a place for a candid examination of the different models being
proposed and what the practical challenges that would be in introducing it.


d a v i d  g a r c i a

On 8 Sep 2016, at 15:09, Ueberschlag Leila <leila.ueberschlag@gmail.com> wrote:

MoneyLab was present at the PeerValue Conference last week in Amsterdam and wrote an article about it called On-Demand Economy: More Regulations and Non-Profits Apps Needed to Build a Fairer Future. 

"Airbnb and Uber have recently been standing center stage in the international media theater. These dominant network platforms linking sellers and buyers bring new challenges to the field of the so-called collaborative economy and raise serious concern in terms of taxation, job security, healthcare insurance or work compensation. “When you get rid of governments but not of corporations, they grow out of control”, said media theorist and best-selling author Douglas Rushkoff."

Read the full article here.

Best regards, 

Leila Ueberschlag Intern MoneyLab#3
Institute of Network Cultures
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences | HvA
MoneyLab | 1&2 Dec 2016 | Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

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