The future might be more equal if we can create a new unit of value and exchange, and have a floor that no one falls under. Sounds dreamy, even impossible? Martin Kirk and Andy Milenius argue that this possible today: UBI is a progressive idea whose time may be coming, but the devil is in … Continue reading Universal Basic Income Plus Blockchain = Equality?
This is an excellent contribution to understanding the role of assets in addressing inequality. The Institute for the Future has produced a Universal Basic Assets (UBA) framework and manifesto, we focus on three broad classes of assets: Private assets include money, land, and housing. Public assets refer to infrastructure and services like education, health, and public utilities. … Continue reading Universal Basic Assets: A manifesto for a more equitable future
I support a Basic Income Grant. However, it is not without problems. Yogi Acharya and A.J. Withers from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty raise issues of exclusion of immigrants. The article is emotive, but has a good evidence base. Proponents of basic income argue it will be a force for social justice. However, as … Continue reading Basic Income and Immigrants
This discussion on Product Hunt on gender equality in tech has me reading and asking lots of questions. Click to read.
R60bn Constitutional Court case against banks Applicants want criminal investigation into bank executives By Ciaran Ryan 16 August 2017 Photo of bank ATM South Africa’s big banks are being taken to the Constitutional Court over home repossessions. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks More than 225 applicants, mostly from Gauteng townships, have launched a suit in the Constitutional … Continue reading R60bn Constitutional Court case against banks
The bloody spectre of of the Marikana massacre continues to loom large over the politics of South Africa, for all the evident attempts to push it into the background. And the calls for justice, not only for the families of the dead and the injured of Marikana but for mining communities generally will only grow louder. … Continue reading Terry Bell on Marikana
What will it take to reverse inequality? The Next Systems Project and the Institute for Policy Studies launched a new report outlining a full menu of “interventions” to reduce income and wealth inequality and address some of the systemic drivers of inequality. Read the report here. http://www.ips-dc.org/report-reversing-inequality/. Whilst the report is focused on the United … Continue reading Report: Reversing Inequality