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Guy Standing's solution to the precarity of modern life - Basic Income.

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Guy Standing is Professorial Research Associate at SOAS University of London, a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, and co-founder and now honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an international NGO that promotes basic income. He was previously Professor of Development Studies in SOAS, Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath (UK), Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University (Australia), and Director of the International Labour Organisation's Socio-Economic Security Programme. He has also been a consultant for many governments and international bodies, including the United Nations and its agencies, the European Commission, the OECD, and the World Bank. His latest book is Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen (2017). Other recent books are The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay (2016); with others, Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India (2015); A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (2014); and The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011), which has been translated into 23 languages.


No doubt that Basic Income is worthy of real consideration...here Guy Standing takes it to a real proposal...an important contribution to the debate around inequality, austerity, poverty and how we establish a fair and just economic system. * John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, 2015-2020 *
The greatest successes come from having the freedom to fail...Now it's our time to define a new social contract for our generation. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. * Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook *

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