Universal Basic Income



The web has proven to be an enormous resource for sharing materials! I can’t keep up with all of the wonderful things available, but I can at least point to some of my favorites.

General articles worth reading

A great collection of articles from the Canadian Basic Income project . A collection of articles from the Boston Review . Basic income experiment in Ontario . Silicon Valley on UBI . Catholic thought on property . Mark Zuckerman’s commencement address at Harvard . Fast Company asks “is capitalism the real problem?” . The poor need guaranteed income, not our charity . “To my fellow plutocrats...” . “The real future of work” . A Basic Income Reading List . The feminist case for a universal basic income . BrainPickings on Leisure . Universal basic bullshit .

Theological and faith community articles

Calling Luther to a labor ethic . Economic Justice for All (USCCB statement) . USCCB Labor Day statements archive .


7 Economic fundamentals . UBI by Robert Reich . Vox explains basic income . 10 reasons for basic income . Halldora Mogensen TEDx talk on basic income . Federico Pistono TEDx talk on basic income . Medium’s list of TED talks on the subject . A set of talks held at the University of St. MIchael’s College in 2016 on UBI . a set of talks held in February of 2018 at the University of St. Thomas .


10 questions for a participatory politics . An inforgraphic on universal basic income .


After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality, Heather Boushey, Harvard College, 2017.

Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for Free Society and a Sane Economy, Phillipe Van Parijs and Yannick Vanderbrought, Harvard University Press, 2017.

Economics for the Common Good, Jean Tirole, Princeton University Press, 2017.

Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, Jonathan Taplin, Hachette Book Group, 2017.

No More Work: Why Full Employment Is a Bad Idea, James Livingston, University of North Caroline Press, 2016.

Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream, Andy Stern, Perseus Books, 2016.

Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World, Rutger Bregman,  Little Brown & Co., 2017.

Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got it Right and How We Can, Too, George Lakey, Melville House, 2016.

With Liberty and Dividends for All: How To Save Our MIddle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough, Peter Barnes, Berrett-Koehler, 2014.

Advocacy organizations

Economic Security Project . Demos.org . BIEN (Basic Income European Network) . Basic Income Guarantee MN . Basic Income Canada Network . TESA (supporting cooperatives)’s financial education kit . The Basic income community on reddit .


These are resources I’m collecting as I learn more about universal basic income, and work on integrating discussion of economics into my classes.