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    Basic Income: Pros & Cons

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    Nick Blake
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    The curious case of how the Swiss said no to money.

    Just play with this: collecting a check for $2500 every month. Sound like a good idea? Not in Switzerland, where over 2/3 of the population declined. At least for now. But in countries like the Netherlands or Finland you can at least try to get on the list for a test run of tax-free-no-questions-asked cash. Designed to serve as a welfare system of its own, Basic Income — sounds like a ludicrous idea. Is it a sustainable option or is the world that desperate that the only commonly accepted solution is reduced to “Here, have some money”? Doug Stanhope, Louis CK, and John Oliver deliver the funny. While Karl Widerquist (academic expert in political philosophy from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and author of "Independence, Property-less-ness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No") gives us his professional opinion.

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