Universal basic income (UBI), the radically simple idea that everyone should receive a periodic cash payment from the government, is on the agenda and part of the public debate across the globe. Regardless of whether you deem UBI affordable or politically feasible, the proposal raises crucial questions about society today, from its economic structure to the very idea of citizenship.
Green circles and movements have always been interested in basic income, seeing its potential for enhancing individual freedoms and capacities. But there are many sides and nuances to the debate, which today extends across the political spectrum.
The Green European Journal asked experts, activists, and politicians active on basic income around Europe and in or around the Green galaxy about the basic income debate in their country or region. The second question of this Green Observatory seeks to map progressive responses to basic income.