Are the psychological and cultural objections insurmountable obstacles?
Would the policy’s own success make funding it through income tax impossible?
Doctor Who is not becoming more “politically correct”, but it is becoming more confident in opening up a debate, just as the West Wing did 15 years ago.
For such a simple idea, Basic Income has a complex web of alternative names. Here are some of the other names for Basic Income, including Universal Basic Income and Citizen’s Income, plus a quick guide to what is and what isn’t BI.
Far from an aberration, Universal Basic Income would be part of a proud British tradition, and critics should stop pretending otherwise. Like services, universal payments have proved an important part of British political culture.
As people around the world react against complex systems, simplicity is key. And a universal basic income couldn’t be simpler.