Enlightening Quotes by Enlightened People

“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective—the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.” -- Martin Luther King, 1967, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?


"The dignity of the individual will flourish when the decisions concerning his life are in his hands, when he has the assurance that his income is stable and certain, and when he knows that he has the means to seek self-improvement. … There is nothing except shortsightedness to prevent us from guaranteeing an annual minimum—and livable—income for every American family." -- Steven Shafarman, 2016, "Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. We can make it come true", Fusion.net.


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key terms: basic income, citizen's income, guaranteed minimum income, guaranteed basic income, unconditional basic income

[introduction still to come]


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Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)

Citizen's Income "An unconditional, nonwithdrawable income paid to every individual as a right of citizenship"

Grantcoin "Currency with a Conscience"

Mannabase Blockchain Platform for Universal Basic Income


National and Local


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Books and Articles


Alexander, Scott, 2018, "Basic Income, Not Basic Jobs: Against Hijacking Utopia", Slate Star Codex, May 16, 2018.


Bregman, Rutger, 2016, Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There, The Correspondent.


Davala, Sarath; Jhabvala, Renana; Standing, Guy; Kapoor Mehta, Soumya, 2015, Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India, Bloomsbury.


Ihaza, Jeff, 2017, "Here’s what happened when Iran introduced a basic income", The Outline, May 31, 2017.


KIALO discussion, "Universal Basic Income is the Future"


Lowrey, Annie, 2018, Give People Money: How a Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work and Remake the World, PenguinRandomHouse.


mannacurrency, 2018, "Ontario shattering myths about universal basic income", steemit.


Nikiforos, Michalis; Steinbaum, Marshall; Zezza, Gennaro, 2017, "Modeling the Macroeconomic Effects of a Universal Basic Income", Roosevelt Institute, August 29, 2017.


Salehi-Isfahani, Djavad; Mostafavi-Dehzooei, Mohammad H., 2017, "Cash Transfers and Labor Supply: Evidence from a Large-Scale Program in Iran", Economic Research Forum, Working Paper 1090, May 2017.


Santens, Scott, 2017, "The Real Story of Automation Beginning with One Simple Chart," medium.com.


Stern, Andy, 2016, Raising the Floor: How A Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream, Public Affairs.


Standing, Guy, 2017, Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen, Penguin.


Streithorst, Tom, 2017, "How Basic Income Solves Capitalism’s Fundamental Problem", Evonomics, Dec. 20, 2015.


UBI Advocates, 2018, "More than 50 reasons Why UBI is Increasingly Imperative", Listly.

UBI Advocates, 2018, "UBI Research Links - UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME EVIDENCE", Listly.

UBI Advocates, 2018, "Common UBI Misconceptions", Listly.


Van Parijs, Philippe, 1995, Real Freedom for All: What (if Anything) Can Justify Capitalism?, Oxford University Press.

Van Parijs, Philippe; Vanderborght, Yannick, 2017, Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy, Harvard University Press.


Yang, Andrew, 2018, "35 UBI Programs and Cash Transfer Experiments"

Yang, Andrew, 2018, The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future,  Hachette.


Young, Charlie, 2017, "The Conversation About Basic Income is a Mess. Here’s How to Make Sense of It", Evonomics, March 19, 2017.




UBI reading list compiled by Mark 4 UBI


Archiv Grundeinkommen.


Blaschke, Ronald; Otto, Adeline & Schepers, Norbert (Hrsg.), 2012, Grundeinkommen – Von der Idee zu einer europäischen politischen Bewegung, mit einem Vorwort von Katja Kipping. VSA.

Blaschke, Ronald; Praetorious, Ina & Schrupp, Antje (Hrsg.), 2016, Das Bedingungslose Grundeinkommen: Feministische und postpatriarchale Perspektiven, Ulrike Helmer Verlag.


Büchele, Herwig & Wohlgenannt, Lieselotte, 1985/2016, Grundeinkommen ohne Arbeit, ÖGB Verlag.


Häni, Daniel & Schmidt, Enno, 2008, Grundeinkommen - Ein Kulturimpuls, ein Film-Essay.

Häni, Daniel & Kovce, Philip, 2015, Was fehlt, wenn alles da ist? Warum das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen die richtigen Fragen stellt, Zürich: Orell Füssli Verlag.

Häni, Daniel & Kovce, Philip, 2017, Was würdest du arbeiten, wenn für dein Grundeinkommen gesorgt wäre? Manifest zum Grundeinkommen, Wien: Ecowin.


Mescoli, Felix, 2016, "dm-Gründer fordert 1.000 Euro monatlich für jeden — seine Begründung ist verdammt gut", Business Insider Deutschland, 10.06.2016.


Netzwerk Grundeinkommen, 2009, Die Idee.

Netzwerk Grundeinkommen, 2012, Wichtige Begriffe.

Netzwerk Grundeinkommen, 2012, Fragen und Antworten zum bedingungslosen Grundeinkommen.
Netzwerk Grundeinkommen (Hrsg.), 2012, Kleines ABC des bedingungslosen Grundeinkommens, 2. aktualisierte Auflage, AG Spak Bücher.


Reitter, Karl, 2012, Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen: Intro, Mandelbaum.

Vanderborght, Yannick & Van Parijs, Philippe, 2006, Ein Grundeinkommen für alle? Geschichte und Zukunft eines radikalen Vorschlags, Frankfurt: Campus.


Werner, Götz W., 2006, Ein Grund für die Zukunft: das Grundeinkommen. Interviews und Reaktionen, Stuttgart: Freies Geistesleben.

Werner, Götz W., 2007, Einkommen für alle. Der dm-Chef über die Machbarkeit des bedingungslosen Grundeinkommens, Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch.

Werner, Götz W. & Presse, André (Hrsg.), 2007, Grundeinkommen und Konsumsteuer. Impulse für „Unternimm die Zukunft“. Tagungsband zum Karlsruher Symposium Grundeinkommen: Bedingungslos, Karlsruhe: Universitätsverlag.

Werner, Götz W. & Presse, André, 2009, Die zivilisierte Marktwirtschaft und ihre Feinde. Zum bedingungslosen Grundeinkommen als Wirtschaftsbürgerrecht. In: M. Breuer, Ph. Mastronardi und B. Waxenberger (Hrsg.): Markt, Mensch und Freiheit. Wirtschaftsethik in der Auseinandersetzung. Haupt, Bern/Stuttgart/Wien.

Werner, Götz W., Goehler, Adrienne, 2010, 1000 € für jeden. Freiheit, Gleichheit, Grundeinkommen, Berlin: Econ.

Werner, Götz W.; Weik, Matthias; Friedrich, Marc, 2017, Sonst knallt's: Warum wir Wirtschaft und Politik radikal neu denken müssen, Eichborn.

Documentaries & Video


Bregman, Rutger, 2014, Basic Income for everyone, TEDXMaastricht.


Mulvale, James, 2016, Basic Income: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, TEDxUManitoba

Reich, Robert, 2016, Universal Basic Income.


Santens, Scott, 2018, Unconditional Basic Income as the Freedom to Live and Learn.


The Agenda with Steve Paikin, 2016, The Town with No Poverty (an interview with Evelyn Forget)


Peer-Reviewed Journals


Basic Income Studies (article about the journal)