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Gill Caradoc-Davies in the Otago Daily Times

Monday, 14 April 2014

Urgent need to alter NZ's wealth

Gill Caradoc-Davies makes the case for a Universal Basic Income and criticises the way the term ''child poverty'' is used.

Words are powerful. The right choice of words can set the context for the desired emotional response in the targeted audience.

November 18, 2018

The Precariat Facebook Page posts recent writing by Guy Standing who is a cofounder of BIEN, Basic Income Earth Network. In two recent articles Guy elucidates three different aspects of Basic Income-a new distribution system, a new understanding of the distinctions between labour and work and equal basic security.

The first article is Basic Income: A progressive road out of austerity (18 September 2018) -...

November 1, 2017

Our two islands of Aotearoa New Zealand are far away in the South Pacific. With a flight time of 26 hours, not counting stopovers, to reach Europe, we think carefully and with excitement about travel plans. Visitors from afar are warmly welcomed as travelling ourselves is not always possible and news of Guy’s August visit was welcomed and greatly anticipated.

Guy’s flight to NZ was not without incident as...

May 21, 2017

The final chapter in this new book by Guy Standing is titled The Political Challenge: How to get there from here.

Standing’s writing often has literary allusions and with this final chapter title I think of Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit' or 'There and Back Again.’ The connection between Basic Income and the wonderful Middle-earth fantasy is that both are grand adventures to achieve a better world.

The first paragr...

November 24, 2015

As the concept of a Universal Basic Income grows in strength, it would be useful to document specific situations in NZ where the UBI would enhance the lives of people.

Recently there have been two situations which have been punitive in nature. In one instance persons with cancer must continually produce evidence that they are ill in order to continue to receive a benefit. They must also fulfil requirement...

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