Sydney Ideas - Why we need a Universal Basic Income

Basic Income is an audacious idea - a regular, unconditional cash grant for everyone as a right of citizenship. Yet, growing numbers of people have come to support it, believing not only that welfare systems around the world are too stingy but also that they’re based on an entirely wrong approach.

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Karl Widerquist, whom The Atlantic calls “a leader of the worldwide basic income movement,” to discuss an idea which is increasingly viewed as the only viable way of reconciling poverty relief and full employment.

Karl will discuss how Basic Income removes the judgment and paternalism that pervade the world’s existing social welfare systems, and why doing so is so important not only for people at the bottom but also for the average worker. He will discuss how to craft a realistic Basic Income proposal, how much it costs, options for paying for it, and the evidence for what it can do.

A Sydney Ideas event co-presented with the Department of Political Economy, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney, and Department of Sociology, Macquarie University.

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Sydney, NSW
16 August , Wednesday 18:00

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