The Case for Basic Income: Freedom, Security, Justice (Paperback)

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Inequality is up. Decent work is down. Free market fundamentalism has been exposed as a tragic failure. In a job market upended by COVID-19--with Canadians caught in the grip of precarious labour, stagnant wages, a climate crisis, and the steady creep of automation--an ever-louder chorus of voices calls for a liveable and obligation-free basic income.

Could a basic income guarantee be the way forward to democratize security and intervene where the market economy and social programs fail? Jamie Swift and Elaine Power scrutinize the politics and the potential behind a radical proposal in a post-pandemic world: that wealth should be built by a society, not individuals. And that we all have an unconditional right to a fair share.

In these pages, Swift and Power bring to the forefront the deeply personal stories of Canadians who participated in the 2017-2019 Ontario Basic Income Pilot; examine the essential literature and history behind the movement; and answer basic income's critics from both the right and left.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781771135474
ISBN-10: 1771135476
Publisher: Between the Lines
Publication Date: May 19th, 2021
Language: English