Episode 16: Guaranteed Basic Income with Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist, philosopher and editor of Basic Income News, introduces us to the concept of a universal basic income, an unconditionally guaranteed payment for everyone. He explains how such a simple program has the potential to eradicate poverty by guaranteeing economic security and giving people more freedom and control in their lives. A guaranteed income has been proven to reduce inequality and free people from exploitation in work, housing and relationships. Without the fear of being hungry and homeless, we can choose the type of work we enjoy, spend less time working, focus on community and personal projects, and take time off for the many valid reasons for not doing paid work. That all makes for a healthier society.

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Mini-cast 1: Ending Homelessness in Utah

Homelessness has been a significant problem in the United States since the years of Grinch Reagan -- or is it Scrooge Reagan? -- but the number of housing insecure adults and children has been increasing exponentially in recent years. A rich country like ours has no excuse for continuing to disregard the dire needs of homeless people when we know how to solve them. The state of Utah is on target to completely eradicate chronic homelessness by simply giving people apartments through its Housing First program. Simple yet effective, especially since it costs less than policing costs, hospital visits or jail beds. Only when someone has a stable housing situation can they begin to think about finding paid work.

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Next up, a fantastic interview with Georgetown University Associate Professor Karl Widerquist on the most comprehensive way to end poverty for good: a universal basic income.