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Basic income: an idea whose time has come or a wrong turn?

Tue 24.09.19
3pm – 4:30pm

Basic income has steadily grown in both popularity and controversy over the past few years - with numerous experiments being carried out across the globe and advocates varying from socialists to Elon Musk. In the UK, Labour’s John McDonnell backs the idea - proposing that we trial it in certain locations should Labour come to power. What are the merits and risks of this radical notion and what do we as a left movement think about it?

Final speaker TBC


Aaron Bastani is co-founder of Novara Media and author of Fully Automated Luxury Communism


Will Stronge is co-director of Autonomy, an independent UK think tank focusing on issues relating to the future of work.

Guy Standing is a Professorial Research Associate at SOAS University of London and a founding member and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network

Campaigner with DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) and Black Triangle Campaign.

Barb Jacobson is a welfare rights advisor who has been organising around women’s, housing and health issues for over 35 years; she’s been involved with Basic Income UK and Unconditional Basic Income Europe since 2013.


Autonomy is an independent think tank rethinking work in an age of crisis.

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