This paper by Dr Elizabeth Cullen draws on research to explore how basic income could improve the health and well-being of all Irish people, including the most vulnerable.
"With the Covid-19 crisis, calls for a basic income are gaining new momentum. The U.S., and other countries too, could enjoy the immense society-wide benefit of a Basic Income if they are willing to set aside the sour grapes argument...of not providing a social safety net to out-groups," writes Brent Ranalli.
"Properly understood, money acts simply as a ‘claim’ on the output of the energy economy and driving up the aggregate of monetary claims only increases the scope for their elimination in a process of value destruction," warns Tim Clarke. He goes on to argue that Ireland is in a particularly vulnerable financial position, which is likely to lead to severe problems in the near future.
"Unusually in history – the wealthy and most privileged will at first tend to be at most risk", writes Brian Davey.
Patrick Noble makes a case for capitalism - assuming that 'capital' is taken to mean 'spiritual, pleasurable and human assets, combined with that which maintains all those things'.
"If key principles are observed or key attitudes developed, many structural problems can work themselves out in practice" writes Anne Ryan in the third post of her Enough is Plenty blog series.