Basic Income Group

Many Feasta members are advocates and activists for universal basic income and in 2018 they formed a Feasta Basic Income group. This group is particularly focussed on the role that basic income can play in achieving a sustainable society and economy, both in Ireland and globally.

The group hosted an event called ‘We need to talk about basic income’ at Cloughjordan on Sept 23. They also met with members of Basic Income Ireland and the Green Party on Oct 25 at Leinster House in Dublin. Among other issues, they discussed the connections between BI and the idea of degrowth, the tie-ins between BI and alternative tax bases, and the desirability or otherwise of pilot programmes.

Below you can see a range of articles on basic income, written by our group members.

Basic income (BI) & intentional currencies

If a Basic Income is indeed a Good Thing, then new currencies will increasingly seek to build it into their design from the outset. This article by Graham Barnes looks at the rationale for BI and at implications for currencies that incorporate BI as one of their currency issuance mechanisms.

Universal Basic Income: A brief overview of a support for intelligent economies, quality of life and a caring society

Basic financial security should be a right for all members of society, yet our present social-welfare system does not adequately support this right and has many other serious flaws. Anne Ryan explains how a universal basic income would increase everybody’s capacity to cope with financial shocks and uncertainties far more effectively than the current system and how it would also improve general quality of life, while supporting many different kinds of work, with or without pay.