Advocating for a Universal Basic Income in the USA
A basic income can prevent a temporary moment of need from becoming a long-term crisis.
— AI-JEN POO, American Activist
Unconditional basic income is based on the idea that every citizen has a right to the basic material necessities of life, including health care and education, and every citizen also has a duty to share in the responsibilities of the community, city, nation and planet, and to contribute in some form to the overall well-being.
— GRACE LEE BOGGS, Human Rights Activist
If poverty is an epidemic with consequences for all of society, does universal basic income start to look more like a vaccination?
— ZOE KEATING, Cellist and Composer
We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.
What’s wrong with today’s social welfare state is that I have to ask for help when I’ve worked my entire life. A basic income promises more dignity and would also support companies.
— TIMOTHEUS HOTTGES, Chief Executive of Deutsche Telekom
If you give poor people a chance to build their own lives with some base, they will do a better job than micromanaging pettifogging bureaucrats on their behalf.
— HUGH SEGAL, Former Canadian Senator
We will have no choice but to look at innovative new solutions such as Basic Income as AI advances.
— MARC BENIOFF, Salesforce CEO, Chairman, and Founder
I support a more robust social safety net than what we currently have. If that includes unconditional basic income, I’m good with that. Compassion and real help for people at risk is what matters to me.
— NICK SAGAN, son of Carl Sagan
Idea: what if we established universal basic income first, before putting people out of a job with robot vehicles?
— CHRIS PALMER, Security Engineer at Google Chrome
That’s why I talk about basic income as well, that there has to be a stronger social safety net because when people don’t have options, they’re going to make bad choices. Let’s have better choices on the table.
— NAOMI KLEIN, Writer and Activist
Universal basic income may be an idea whose time has finally come.
— PETER BUFFETT, son of Warren Buffett