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Universal basic income is not an idea confined to any particular part of the political spectrum: it has advocates on the left, among free-marketeers on the right, and across the centre. It is a topic that has been debated on Progress pages a number of times over the past few years: both sides of the argument have been represented in discussion here, here, here and here for starters.
It is certainly a radical idea – and, as Progress director Richard Angell argues, that should be reason to examine it further rather than dismiss it – but is it a good one?
On the podcast today, we have the RSA’s Anthony Painter, a longtime vocal advocate of UBI, as a guest to try and convince us that it is. He answers a range of our questions on how it would work, and why it would be the best way to alleviate poverty.
In his essay for Progress magazine last year, A radical new state, Painter argued that new progressivism needs to promote individualism as a route to greater citizenship and a better society – and he sees enormous potential in UBI for achieving this.
I remain a sceptic of the policy, but – as Labour’s direction of movement appears to move towards it – it is one worth looking at closely.
– Conor Pope, deputy editor
The Progressive Britain Podcast
Is universal basic income just a pipe-dream or is it necessary for a new age of automation? Conor Pope, Richard Angell and Henna Shah sit down with Anthony Painter from the RSA to dispel some of the myths – and discuss the potential opportunities – of UBI.
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