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Opinion: Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income

by Karl Widerquist Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 at 7:12 PM

author: Karl Widerquist e-mail:e-mail: A free Internet book "Youth and Skills: Putting Education to Work" (October 2012) is available from

Karl Widerquist is an Associate Professor in Residence at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the City University of New York. He is coauthor of Economics for Social Workers and coeditor of the Ethics and Economics of the Basic Income Guarantee. He has contributed to journals such as Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; Political Studies; and the Eastern Economic Journal.

"The television series "Free to Choose," by Milton Friedman, first introduced me to the idea of a guaranteed income, which is now more commonly known as the basic income guarantee. He presented it mostly as a way to simplify the welfare system, but having thought about it over the years, I began to see it as the centerpiece of a just society and a serious challenge to the Left: If we really care about other people in society, we should care about them unconditionally..."

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