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Dustin MoskovitzCo-founder Facebook
Everyone above the poverty line and beyond, via universal basic income if necessary. People do not need to fend for themselves in a modern society.
https://medium.com/@moskov
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Robert ReichFormer Secretary of Labor
Mark my words: A Universal Basic Income is coming, as artificial intelligence and robots eat away good jobs.
https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/videos/1578504532162137/
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Paul MasonEconomics Editor, The Guardian
"To benefit from the automation revolution we need a universal basic income, the slashing of working hours and a redefinition of ourselves without work"
https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/feb/17/automation-may-mean-a-post-work-society-but-we-shouldnt-be-afraid
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Erik Olin WrightLeading Marxist
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Albert WengerVenture capitalist
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Brian EnoArtist
"So basic income is a great idea. I like the idea that it says we believe that all people are potentially creative and that they should be given the chance to express that."
http://www.scottsantens.com/artist-brian-eno-just-learned-about-basic-income-and-loves-the-idea
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Martin RavallionEconomist
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Lord Robert SkidelskyEconomist
"An unconditional basicincome, that is an income not tied to the job market, seems to be the logical way forward."
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Josef ZotterCEO Zotter Chocolates
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Mike BradleyMayor of Sarnia, Ontario
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Willem BuiterCiti’s Chief Economist
Recommended basic income to support those left behind by technological advances.
https://futurism.com/citis-chief-economist-recommends-a-universal-basic-income/
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Barbara EhrenreichAuthor of "Nickel and Dimed"
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Molly CrabappleArtist
"The number one thing that would let more independent artists exists in America is a universal basic income."
http://boingboing.net/2014/11/04/molly-crabapples-rules-for-c.html
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Keith HobbsMayor of Thunder Bay, Canada
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Don IvesonMayor of Edmonton
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Naheed NenshiMayor of Calgary
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Lisa HelpsMayor of Victoria, BC
There is a strong link between having a basic income and creating a strong local economy. There is more money to circulate and it supports the ‘buy local’ movement,
http://www.basicincomecanada.org/tags/lisa_helps
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Mike SavageMayor of Halifax
http://leadersandlegacies.com/2015/09/21/theres-a-good-case-to-be-made-for-a-basic-annual-income-halifax-mayor/
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Ryan HolmesCEO of Hootsuite
In other words, having a basic income didn’t lead to sloth or indolence. It let people spend time on the things that mattered: family, education, health, personal fulfilment. If the robots do take our jobs one day — but give us back some of those things in return — it might not be such a bad trade after all.
https://medium.com/ryan-holmes/so-what-happens-when-robots-make-jobs-themselves-obsolete-974b9836f97d
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Chris EliasmithAI pioneer
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Tantoo CardinalCelebrity"Universal basic income would mean we made it to a new world."
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Tim WorstallForbes
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Grace Lee Boggs (deceased)Civil Rights 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.
http://boggscenter.org/visionary-organizing-and-the-mlk-memorial-by-grace-lee-boggs/
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Ralph Nader
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The RSABritish policy think tank
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Elizabeth MayGreen Party of Canada
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Eric RiesLean startup movement
"Even an extremely modest universal basic income could pay huge dividends."
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Sam AltmanFounder of Y Combinator
I’m fairly confident that at some point in the future, as technology continues to eliminate traditional jobs and massive new wealth gets created, we’re going to see some version of this [basic income] at a national scale.
https://blog.ycombinator.com/basic-income/
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Richard MurphyEconomic adviser of Jeremy Corbyn
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Timothy LuttsChief Analyst, Cabot Stock of the Month
http://www.cabot.net/issues/cwa/archives/2015/11/guaranteed-basic-income
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Robin ChaseFounder of ZipCar
"Basic income is the long-term answer to the increasing precariousness of ordinary people in a global economy that can shift their jobs to the other side of the world in a heartbeat."
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Jeremy HowardDeep learning expert, CEO Enlitic
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Nouriel RoubiniChairman of Roubini Global Economics
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Björn WahlroosMost Prominent Financiers of Finland
We'll have to develop – and develop ourselves towards – a society where it'll be possible to guarantee the income level and well-being of people without ravaging the labour markets. And the solution will be a basic income scheme – be it this one or another one.
http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/domestic/14227-finland-needs-basic-income-and-low-paid-jobs-says-wahlroos.html
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Archbishop Desmond TutuSocial rights activist who fought apartheid
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Tim HöttgesCEO of Deutsch Telekom
“We have to shield our society. An unconditional simple income can be a basis to lead a decent existence.”
http://news.newsdirectory1.com/telekom-boss-for-unconditional-fundamental-revenue/
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Tim CanovaDemocrat running for Florida's 23 Congressional district
"I support a minimum basic income, which was actually proposed by none other than President Richard Nixon and conservative economist Milton Friedman."
https://www.reddit.com/r/SandersForPresident/comments/419p5t/hi_reddit_my_name_is_tim_canova_and_im_running_to/cz0nxeo
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Christopher PissaridesNobel Prize in economics
The pie is growing bigger, there is no guarantee that everyone will benefit if we leave the market alone. In fact, if anything, we think that not everyone will benefit if we leave the market alone. So we need to develop a new system of redistributions, new policies that will redistribute inevitably from those that the market would have rewarded in favour of those that the market would have left behind. Now, having a universal minimum income is one of those ways, in fact, it is one I am very much in favour of, as long as we know how to apply it without taking away incentive to work at the lower end of the market.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmumRUGXQhQ
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James MirrleesNobel Prize in economics (1996)
https://www.reddit.com/r/BasicIncome/comments/3rruew/during_the_nobel_prize_series_event_in_singapore/
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Joseph StiglitzNobel Prize in economics
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Annabel ParkCo-founder Coffee Party
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Andrew NgChief Scientist at Baidu Reseach, AI guru
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Marshall BrainFounder of HowStuffWorks
"That simple question - “Which scenario is better for the society as a whole?” - lies at the heart of the concept of a Basic Income."
http://marshallbrain.com/basic-income.htm
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Gotz Werner
Founder of dm-drogerie markt (Germany's Walgreens), billionaire
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?John LillyVC and former CEO of Mozilla
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Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development in Canada
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Aaron Swartz (deceased)Creator of rss, Creative Commons, Reddit
http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/prostartup
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Kingston city councilCity in Ontario, Canada
First elected body in Canada to endorse the concept of a guaranteed income by a unanimous 13-0 vote.
http://www.thewhig.com/2015/12/18/kingston-council-first-to-endorse-guaranteed-income
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Belleville city councilCity in Ontario, Canada
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Cornwall city councilCity in Ontario, Canada
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Peterborough city councilCity in Ontario, Canada
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Welland city councilCity in Ontario, Canada
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Food Banks CanadaOrganization in Canada
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Community Food Centres Canada
Organization in Canada
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Food Secure CanadaOrganization in Canada
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Canadian Medical AssociationOrganization in Canada
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Ontario Public Health Association
Organization in Canada
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Sam HarrisCelebrity atheist author
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Darian ShiraziCEO of Radius
“We have a small technological aristocracy and a middle class struggling to catch up with the demands of a more efficient economy. Basic income can bring a baseline and offer freedom to those trapped by our new economy.”
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a3c3258a-d0b3-11e5-92a1-c5e23ef99c77.html#axzz40HUPtqWf
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Jill SteinUS Green Party Presidential Candidate
Wouldn't income for stay-at-home parents (and others who do the basic work that supports our society, but don't get paid) be great for our country? The Green Party supports Universal Basic Income.
https://www.facebook.com/drjillstein/posts/1454679097905609
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Laura PalmerCo-chair Green Party of Texas
"Still, I think the assurance of basic income could be a comfort to those who have anxiety about systemic transition; so that people need not fear losing their job in the oil and gas sector, because everyone will be allowed a basic living.""
http://www.gp.org/state_profile_tx
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Dan SavageLGBT author and activist
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Jonathan Reynolds Labour MP
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Canadian Association of Social Workers
Org in Canada
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Frances Fox Piven
Welfare-rights leader, honorary boardmember of Democratic Socialists of America and ACLU
"If we want to strive for better policies in a transformed society, at least three principles must be observed. First, we should try to provide at least a subsistence-level income for everyone."
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Moshe VardiAI and automation expert with 30 yrs experience"we may have to consider instituting a Basic Income Guarantee"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-moral-imperative-thats-driving-the-robot-revolution_us_56c22168e4b0c3c550521f64
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Zoe KeatingCelebrity cellist (1M+ Twitter followers)"I think Universal Basic Income has legs."
http://zoekeating.tumblr.com/post/139499539509/the-economics-of-caregiving
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Georges Dassis
President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
http://www.euractiv.com/section/social-europe-jobs/opinion/a-europe-of-progress-close-to-its-people/
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Tim DraperBillionaire venture capitalist
"Giving everyone $15,000 would put everyone on the same level. They could do with it whatever they wanted, but having the financial security of some basic money to live on, would give them people the opportunity to work on what they want. Work is everything,"
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Bernd LeukertSAP board member (German firm)
http://www.basicincome.org/news/2016/02/germany-two-top-managers-speak-favourably-basic-income/
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Sex Worker Open UniversityOrganization of sex workers
http://www.sexworkeropenuniversity.com/blog/swou-statement-on-poverty-sex-work-and-the-swedish-model-poverty-is-objectifying-demeaning-and-coercive1
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Owen JonesColumnist for The Guardian and the New Statesmen
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/03/retirement-retiring-age-77-strive-work-less-progress-challenge-bleak-prospect
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Reverend Dr. Roger Lee RayPastor of Community Christian Church
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXOf_7PiCas
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Jeremy RifkinAmerican economic and social theorist, author, political advisor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m_k14dEcAI
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Jerry TaylorPresident of Niskanen Center, (libertarian think tank)
https://niskanencenter.org/blog/do-libertarians-want-freedom-or-not/
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Laurie RuettimannWriter, speaker, human resources expert
http://laurieruettimann.com/best-hr-technology-universal-basic-income/
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Andrew LittleLabor Party leader in New Zealand
http://www.businessinsider.com/basic-income-talks-hit-new-zealand-2016-3
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Toomas Hendrik IlvesPresident of Estonia since 2006
The rapid replacement of jobs by machines/artifical intelligence will lead to the need for a Universal Basic Income.
https://twitter.com/IlvesToomas/status/710372749450027008
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Alec RossEx-senior advisor for innovation to the Sec of State
"As the economy continues to develop in the way it is with bounty and more spread. more billionaires, and more struggling members of the working class. I do think that there will be more and more momentum for safety-net programs like basic income. "
https://youtu.be/5xI6yevDeNs?t=52m13s
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Susan DavisState Representative of Vermont
"Establish a Universal Basic Income Commission to evaluate the possible future of a basic income in Vermont."
http://www.basicincome.org/news/2016/02/united-states-vermont-general-assembly-considers-basic-income-commission/
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Steven MayProgressive Party representative in Vermont
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Dominick StephensWestpac Chief Economist
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Yanis VaroufakisEconomist, Greece's former Minister of Finance
Today we are facing a serious danger of large masses of people who have low economic value. This is a powder keg in the foundations of society.
Making sure that the great wealth-creation which capital is capable of does not light this dynamite—the basic income approach—is absolutely
essential.
http://www.economist.com/ESDvaroufakis
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Amol RajanEditor-at-Large of The Independent
http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/amol-rajan-guaranteed-income-is-the-kind-of-radical-idea-we-urgently-need-a3200296.html
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Chris HayesHost of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC
https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/720744024559206400
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Ed DolanEconomist
My own focus is on a UBI as a pragmatic improvement current policies, which impose high work disincentives on the poor yet leave poverty rates high, and at the same time, lavish billions of “middle class welfare” on the non-poor.
http://dolanecon.blogspot.com/2014/09/ask-me-anything-about-universal-basic.html
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Drew CurtisFounder of Fark
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Jim GilliamFounder and CEO of Nationbuilder
https://twitter.com/jgilliam/status/724417239517032449?s=09
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Ebrahim HemmatniaGuiness record holding ocean biker. 4.8M Twitter followers
https://twitter.com/Oceaanfietser/status/724282190155112448
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Howard LindzonFounder and CEO of Stocktwits
https://twitter.com/howardlindzon/status/724816031324209152
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George MagnusFormer Chief Economist of UBS"Does future growth depend on the universal basic income?"
http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/blogs/george-magnus/does-future-growth-depend-on-the-universal-basic-income
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Eddie HuangCelebrity chef, host of Huang's World on VICE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4ZsVVunUeM
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Steve CaseCo-founder of AOL
https://twitter.com/ritusharma1/status/725525812598870016
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David Rolf
Vice President of SEIU and President of SEIU Local 775 in Seattle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-NIJ35w9qw&t=14m4s
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Pranab BardhanBerkeley Economics Professor
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/TOnQO3E1fNCO5lkHXgr19N/Subsidies-must-give-way-to-a-universal-basic-income-Pranab.html
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Bill GrossBillionaire investor, Janus Capital
Four years of college for everyone might better prepare them to be a contestant on Jeopardy, but I doubt it’ll create more growth; for the Universities perhaps, but not many good jobs for the students. Instead we should spend money where it’s needed most – our collapsing infrastructure for instance, health care for an aging generation and perhaps on a revolutionary new idea called UBI – Universal Basic Income. If more and more workers are going to be displaced by robots, then they will need money to live on, will they not? And if that strikes you as a form of socialism, I would suggest we get used to it. Even Donald Trump claims he won’t leave anyone out on the street – a liberal Republican thought if there ever was one. And they are on the street you know. Check out any major downtown in the U.S. if you want to see our future culture. Not the stadiums with the box seats; the streets with the tents and grocery carts.
https://www.janus.com/bill-gross-investment-outlook
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Harris LevineFounder of Ker-twang
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