Links to BIG Websites

This page contains links to websites with information about BIG. The pages differ considerably in their point of view. Some promote a BIG, some promote it as part of a larger strategy; some promote variations on the idea; some oppose it altogether. The fact that these websites are listed here is not considered a recommendation of their program, simply a location to find information.

THE BASIC INCOME EARTH NETWORK (BIEN) maintains a website, publishes a ewsletter, and organizes conferences promoting basic income around the world. It is co-chaired by Guy Standing and Eduardo Suplicy. The secretary is David Casassas (casassas@eco.ub.es). The BIEN website can be found at: http://www.basicincome.org. It has recognizes 11 national networks around the world including USBIG. The other 10 are:

BASIC INCOME STUDIES is the first academic journal on basic income. It has a free guest access policy so that everyone can access its content free by filling out a form requesting an institution to subscribe. Those without an institutional affiliation will receive access if they put down "none" as their institution. BIS is on line at: http://www.bepress.com/bis/.

BASIC INCOME/CANADA (BI/Canada) maintains a web site and an email discussion group. Their Coordinator is Sally Lerner. To be included on the BI/Canada email list to receive periodic newsletters email (lerner@watser1.uwaterloo.ca). BI/Canada can be found on the web at http://www.basicincomecanada.org.

Affiliated with BI/Canada is FUTUREWORK: an international e-mail forum for discussion of how to deal with the new realities created by economic globalization and technological change. It can be found on the web at: http://www.fes.uwaterloo.ca/Research/FW

BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE AUSTRALIA (BIGA) John Tomlinson and Simon Schooneveldt, of the School of Humanities and Human Services at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have set up this new national Basic Income web-site for Australia. The site is attached to the Centre for Social Change Research, within QUT. It includes information on BIG in Australia and links to other groups that promote Basic Income. BIGA takes over from OASIS Australia, which promoted BIG in Australia for 15 years. You can find BIGA on the web at: http://www.basicincome.qut.edu.au.

UNIVERSAL INCOME TRUST is a New Zealand registered educational charity providing research, resources, presentations and general information on the social, environmental and economic benefits of universal income systems, which it defines as those economic systems that comply with the International Bill of Human Rights. In other words it is more specific than BIG in that it aligns the concept with current international human rights laws. The Trust has published a book entitled Universal Income for a Sustainable Future, written by Patrick Danahey. It has a website at http://www.geocities.com/caeruit, and can be contacted via uitrustnz@yahoo.co.nz.

SEVERAL GROUPS ARE PROMOTING BIG IN SOUTH AFRICA. In 2001, many of many came together to create the Basic Income Grant Coalition, which is affliated with the South Africans for a Basic Income Grant website of the Development Resources Centre (DRC). The includes several articles on the economics and politics of BIG in South Africa as well as a downloadable BIG screen saver. It can be found at: http://www.big.org.za/. OTHER SOUTH AFRICA BIG WEBSITES INCLUDE:

THE CITIZEN POLICIES INSTITUTE in Washington, DC promotes a version of BIG called “Citizens’ Income” in the political arena. Their website includes information and articles on Citizens Income. You can find it on the web at http://www.citizenpolicies.org. For more information contact the executive director, Steve Shafarman at shafarman@earthlink.net.

VIVANT is a movement (mainly Belgian, but with some activity in France and Switzerland) that promotes Basic Income by participating in elections. It can be found on the web at http://www.Vivant.org.

DEVELOPMENTS BY COUNTRY: Within the Vivant site (see above), Paul Nollen posts extensive updates on the development of the basic income debate in various countries. Direct link: http://www.vivant.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=64.

ASSOCIATION POUR L'INSTAURATION D'UN REVENU D'EXISTENCE (AIRE) Promotes BIG in France. Their Chair is Yoland Bresson (Yoland.Bresson@wanadoo.fr).

THE SWEDEN BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE NETWORK, Folkrorelsen for medborgarlon, is coordinated by Kicki Bobacka, who can be reached by email at: kicki.bobacka@mp.se.

WIKIPEDIA ENTRY ON BASIC INCOME. The free, on-line encyclopedia written by its readers contains a short article on basic income, some of which seems to be taken from the USBIG site. If you want to read or improve this article, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guaranteed_minimum_income.

THE BOSTON REVIEW included seventeen articles on the basic income guarantee by Philippe Van Parijs and others in its October-November 2000 issue. These articles have been jointly published as a book entitled, “What’s Wrong with a Free Lunch?” The full text of the articles can be found on line at this direct link: http://bostonreview.net/BR25.5/contents.html.

THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIOECONOMIC STUDIES (ISES) is a private foundation that examines issues relating to economic development, poverty, health care reform, and the quality of life. ISES promotes a version of BIG known as the National Tax Rebate. It can be found on the web at: http://www.socioeconomic.org/

THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRATIC SOCIETIES (CSDS) has been talking about some form of BIG for 30 years. More information can be found at: www.centersds.com.

THE CAMPAIGN FOR UNIVERSAL INHERITANCE proposes a one-time basic capital grant financed out of inheritance taxes for Britain for the purpose of creating greater equality of opportunity. It can be found on the web at: http://www.universal-inheritance.org.

WORLD CITIZENS ACTION supports a plan for a Basic Income for all funded by the United Nations. Go to: http://www.worldcitizensaction.com or contact Lisinka Ulatowska: <lisinkalu@versatel.nl>.

MATS HOGLUND’s maintains two BIG web sites with information in English and Swedish: http://www.petitiononline.com/qd4e/petition.html.

THE GEONOMY SOCIETY, which promotes using land taxes to support a universal basic income guarantee, can be reached at: http://www.progress.org/geonomy

SOCIAL AGENDA sponsors a Caregivers Tax Credit Campaign. Although it isn't a universal basic income guarantee, it will distribute income to anyone caring for (directly or indirectly) another human in need. Their website is: http://www.caregivercredit.org

THE ALASKA PERMANENT FUND pays a partial Basic Income Guarantee to all Alaska residents funded from oil revenue. For information see: http://www.apfc.org/

THE HALF BAKERY is a website that specializes in informal discussions of political and social issues. It has a discussion of basic income at: http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Basic_20income

CLAWS (CREATING LIVABLE ALTERNATIVES TO WAGE SLAVERY) actively promotes alternatives to the wage slavery mindset and what they call "The Cult of the Job" which equates a job with "making a living". The website includes essays, book excerpts and articles by Bob Black, Robert Anton Wilson, Bertrand Russell, Buckminster Fuller, Jean Liedloff and others who are critical of the cult of the job. CLAWS can be found on the web at: http://www.whywork.org/

THE JOAN BARDINA STUDIES CENTER contains political and economic proposals against poverty and corruption, using a system called “basic revenue.” The website contains articles and books in seven languages including Catalan, Castilian Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Esperanto. It can be found at: http://bardina.org/

SOCIAL CREDIT: There are several sites on the web promoting “Social Credit,” which is a comprehensive economic proposal that has its origins in Alberta in the 1920s. Social Credit includes a basic income under the name of the National Dividend. Three sites on social credit include:

JASPER’S BOX presents a plan for a basic income guarantee financed by a steady increase in the money supply, and a downloadable novel about the basic income guarantee: http://www.jaspersbox.com/

MARTIN LUTHER KING’S ENDORSEMENT OF THE BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE can be found on the web at: http://www.progress.org/dividend/cdking.html.  

DESMOND TUTU'S ENDORSEMENT OF THE BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE in a videotaped address that Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Nobel Laureate and one of the great figures of the anti-apartheid struggle) made at the Eleventh BIEN Congress is on the web on YouTube.com. For a direct link go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf3n-L5FDy0.

FAIRTAX.ORG endorses a BIG as part of an overall reform of the tax system. It's website is: http://www.fairtax.org.

HOW WOULD YOUR LIFE CHANGE IF YOU RECEIVED $25,000 PER YEAR SIMPLY FOR BEING A UNITED STATES CITIZEN? Noted author, Marshall Brain (author of "The Way Stuff Works") has endorsed a basic income guarantee of $25,000 a year on the grounds of the need for economic security in an age where more and more of our output is produced with robotic rather than human labor. You can find it on the web at: http://marshallbrain.com/25000.htm

KARL WIDERQUIST'S INTERVIEW WITH CHANGE SURFER RADIO is on the web at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=7190. Dr J. Hughes interviewed Dr. Widerquist for 40 minutes about his proposal for all citizens to receive a guaranteed income from the government

CAROL PATEMAN'S INTRODUCTION TO BIG ON WEB IN STREAMING AUDIO AND VIDEO
Titled "The Equivalent of the Right to Land, Life, and Liberty? Democracy and the Idea of a Basic Income", Carole Pateman, a professor of Political Science at UCLA introduces Basic Income in a 50-minute lecture. After the first 10 minutes of introduction it is a three-part lecture on 1) What is a BIG, 2) What are its advantages, and 3) What are the current criticisms. It is simple enough for newcomers to the subject. The lecture is available in both streaming audio and streaming video at: http://www.oid.ucla.edu/Webcast/FRL/Pateman/.

THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND FISCAL IMPACT OF A BASIC INCOME GRANT FOR SOUTH AFRICA Public Hearings on the Taylor Report held by the Portfolio Committee on Social Development. Presented by Michael Samson et al, 9th June 2003, the report is on line at http://www.epri.org.za/rp22.htm

SOUTH AFRICAN WEBSITE MAKES AN ISLAMIC CASE FOR BIG: Shamshad Begum Sayed argues on this website, “The idea behind the concept of the basic income grant to assist the indigent is a very Islamic one. In a practicing Muslim State, the central treasury or Baitul Maal is utilized to alleviate poverty and avoid begging (which causes a 'scar' for the beggars). The State's generosity does not stop there, Compulsory charity (Zakaat) ensures that the gap between the rich and the poor are narrowed. Failing to do so is a sin.” The full text is on the web at: http://www.awqafsa.org.za/Library%20&%20Resources/WSSD/Poverty%20Eradication%20S%20B%20Sayed.doc.

THE POLICY LIBRARY: This website has an introduction to Basic Income with links to related materials on line at: http://www.policylibrary.com/redistribution/basicincome.htm.

CROCKED TIMBER BLOG DISCUSSES BIG: An interesting debate on BIG and Stakeholder Grants is running on the Crooked Timber blogsite. The discussion involves people using their own names and many of them are prominent social scientists. The discussion is based on proposals by Philippe Van Parijs, Anne Alstott, and Bruce Ackerman. Good references to factual information relevant to the BIG debate can be found in the discussion. The thread is on-line at: http://crookedtimber.org/2007/02/28/redesigning-distribution/#comments. Crooked Timber also has a discussion of Charles Murray’s BIG proposal on line is at: http://crookedtimber.org/2006/06/01/charles-murrays-in-our-hands-left-or-right/.

AN ON-LINE SYMPOSIUM ON BASIC INCOME GUARANTEES AND THE RIGHT TO WORK is being published by the Journal of Law and Urban Policy from papers presented at the BIEN Conference in Barcelona. The "Issue" (Vol. 2, No. 1 of the Journal) is being "opened" with the publication of the papers presented at the session along with audio and video tapes of the conference session. The issue will remain "open" until next spring to receive additional articles or comments on the topic of the symposium. There also is a reader's forum included so anyone who wants to contribute informally to the discussion or pose a question can do so—continuing, in effect, the conference session for several months. When the issue is "closed" next spring, the contents of this discussion board will be included in the final text of the issue. Offprints may be ordered either of individual articles or the entire issue when it is closed. It’s on the web at: http://www.rutgerspolicyjournal.org/; the direct link to vol 2 issue 1 is  http://www.rutgerspolicyjournal.org/jlpp_issues_2_1.html

THE ULTIMATE FIELD GUIDE TO THE U.S. ECONOMY has an article on BIG. The article, “Economic Alternatives: Basic Income Guarantee” (6/14/06) is by Thomas Masterson, Staff Economist for the Center for Popular Economics. The article explains BIG and discusses the recent debate on the issues including Charles Murray’s proposal, the “Malibu surfer” objection, and the success of the Alaska Permanent Income. The article can be found on line at: http://www.fguide.org/Bulletin/basicincomeguar.htm.

DAVID WETZELL wetzelld2004@yahoo.com regularly pitches the BIG idea on his blog, "The Anti-Manicheist" at http://wetzell.blogspot.com/.

LAWSOMONOMY is the provision of a guaranteed line of credit rather than a guaranteed income. Every individual over 21 years of age would be allowed a certain amount of credit for investment purposes, without requirement of collateral. When the amount is drawn no more will be given until the earlier obligations have been met. http://www.lawsonomy.org/DCEverybody100.html.

THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS has a brief (two-and-a-half-minute) and powerful slide show that very effectively breaks down what a federal poverty line income does (and doesn't) buy. http://www.nccbuscc.org/cchd/povertyusa/tour2.htm

JAMESROBERTSON.COM includes three articles on BIG: 1994: “Benefits and Taxes: A Radical Strategy,” 2000: “Financial and Monetary Policies for an Enabling State,” 2003: “The Role of Money and Finance: Changing a Central Part of the Problem into a Central Part of the Solution.” His approach is that people should pay for the value of the “common resources” they take from the common pot and that at least part of the resulting revenue should be distributed to every citizen as a rightful income. The basic income would be financed by a “tax shift” away from existing taxes to other sources of public revenue, including: taxes on land, natural resources, and pollution; fees and license charges (e.g. for traffic congestion and use of the radio spectrum for telecommunications); revenue from collective ownership of assets; and the value of money put into circulation as part of the (official currency) money supply. He argues that the same approach should be applied globally as well as nationally; it would result in a more efficient as well as a more just economy, globally and nationally. The articles can be downloaded at www.jamesrobertson.com/neweconomics.htm.

NEW SOCIAL CREDIT AND NATIONAL DIVIDEND LINKS: The Social Credit movement promotes a national dividend as part of its wider policy for monetary and fiscal reform. Websites in several countries promote social credit including:

GLOBAL BASIC INCOME FOUNDATION argues for the introduction of a global basic income, but also advocates for a national basic income in different countries. Global Basic Income Foundation

AN ARTICLE BY UK INDYMEDIA ENDORSES BIG. UK Indymedia a network of individuals, independent and alternative media activists that offers noncommercial coverage of social and political issues. The article, entitled “Gobal Social Rights Worldwide Sink the G8!,” is on line at: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/07/345082.html.

THE FREE LUNCH by Charles Bazlinton, is a book focusing on the "valuable benefits that flow from gifts of nature or which arise solely because society exists." The author has launched a website exposing his views. http://www.the-free-lunch.com/

LIVABLE INCOME FOR EVERYONE (LIFE) was founded in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada) in 2003 to promote the implementation of universal guaranteed livable income in every country in the world. Its website includes discussion, statistics, and other info on BIG. Website at: http://www.livableincome.org

THE GLOBAL RESOURCE BANK website argues for a consolidation of world financial and environmental policy into a Global Resource Bank, which earns everyone a basic income as a birthright. Website can be found at: http://www.grb.net

Earth Rights Institute: This website focuses on human’s equal right to natural resources, and it contains articles connecting a Citizens’ Dividend to Resource Rents:
http://www.earthrights.net/
http://www.earthrights.net/docs/alaska.html
Contact: Alanna Hartzok: alanna@earthrights.net

Freiheit statt Vollbeschaeftigung (Freedom, Not Full Employment). An inititive based in Frankfurt, Germany promoting an "unconditional basic income". Versions of the site are in German, with English, French, Spanish, and Italian at: http://www.freiheitstattvollbeschaeftigung.de/en/index.htm.

MARSHAL BRAIN: Why Our Emerging Robotic Nation Needs a Basic Income Guarantee. This website examines the link between technological advancement and basic income: http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/brain20070307/.

DEVELOPMENT4ALL proposes various sections discussing basic income in an international perspective. The Webmaster, Lisinka Ulatowska, is looking for authors advocating basic income and interested in publishing texts on the website, which is designed as a resource for activists around the globe. Her address is: Lisinka Ulatowska <lisinkalu@versatel.nl>. A direct link to the website is: http://www.development4all.org/frameset-1.html.

UNTERNIMM DIE ZUKUNFT: The German website “unternimm die zukunft” has several articles in English about the basic income guarantee at: http://www.unternimm-die-zukunft.de/index.php?sub=idee&subsub=texteenglisch

EARTH SHARE: The Australian website “EarthShare” has an audio interview with Alanna Hartzog in which she discusses the link between human’s rights to the Earth and the basic income guarantee. The website also has several of Hartzog’s PowerPoint presentations that formed the basis of her presentations at the USBIG Congress in February and for her Australian lecture series. Earthshare is on the web at: http://www.earthshare.org.au. For a direct link to the audio go to:
http://www.earthsharing.org.au/index.php?module=Website&action=Tex%0At&content=1149758499730-3629&parentContent=1144036378843-6638

UNA SOLA MULTITUDINE: Struggles for Basic Income and the common logic that emerged from Italy, the UK and Japan by
Toru Yamamori; on-line at: http://www.geocities.com/immateriallabour/yamamoripaper2006.html.

INTERVIEW WITH GÖTZ WERNER IN ENGLISH: One of the numerous interviews with Götz Werner, currently the most prominent advocate of basic income in Germany, is available in English http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/05/22/18419551.php.