Basic income updates ideas from Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Martin Luther King Jr., and several Nobel laureate economists. Alaska residents already have a small basic income, since 1982, and they love it. Pilot projects are underway in Canada, Finland, Holland, and other countries. Current supporters include Silicon Valley billionaires and politicians from the left and the right.
The plan is fairly simple: Set an amount, say $500, $750, or $1,000, and provide it every month to every adult citizen. Cut welfare, corporate welfare, and other programs that become superfluous. Adjust the amount occasionally to prevent or relieve recessions, and to promote smart economic growth. Let states and cities supplement it or enact their own versions.
Every American will have an income, enough for food and shelter at least, a sturdy floor to replace the tattered safety net. Everyone will be free to earn, spend, save, and invest as we choose free to earn as much as we can.
Basic income will be monthly reminders that we are citizens, and equal; that we live in one country, united; and that we have reasons to work together, We the People. We’ll soon achieve meaningful progress on health care, tax reform, global warming, immigration, national security, and other issues.
Would you like a basic income, perhaps $1,000 a month tax-free, guaranteed, for the rest of your life? Join the campaign. You can help make history.
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About the Author
Steven Shafarman is a Life Member of the Basic Income Earth Network, BIEN; on the coordinating committee of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network, USBIG; and a co-founder of Basic Income Action. He is the author of four prior books about basic income.
Steven is also the creator of FlexAware® fitness-healing-exercise, and the author of Awareness Heals: The Feldenkrais Method for Dynamic Health. He lives in Washington, DC.
Table of Contents
1 We the People 4
2 The Plan 13
3 To Make Taxes Fair and Simple 31
4 To Reform and Shrink Government 45
5 To Produce Smart Economic Growth 56
6 To Promote Justice and Personal Dignity 69
7 To Enhance Liberty and Democracy 80
8 To Respect and Protect our Environment 91
9 To Nurture Peace and Security for All 107
10 We the People Renewed 123
11 Our Strategy 136
12 Now 144
From the Author 156
1 Related Ideas and Efforts 161
2 Financial Matters 210
3 International Activities 214
4 For More Information 223