Is Democracy Possible Without UBI?
This was just one of the huge questions we grappled with in a wonderful 80 minute conversation with Guy Standing, Jane Goodall, Abigail Boyd, and participants across Australia and beyond. You can now watch the full video below.
With tremendous clarity, Guy took us through the challenges of the present moment and how UBI can address them. Jane articulated some of the key critiques of UBI and responses to them. And Abigail took us through the detail of her proposal to implement a UBI in NSW.
The discussion ranged from the practical to the philosophical. Would prisoners be eligible for UBI? Does a UBI support capitalism by giving people more purchasing power, or does it undermine it by disentangling paid labour from the capacity to survive?
You can watch the full video below. And don’t forget to register for the next in our Covid Democracy series, From the Local to the Global and Back Again, with Scott Ludlam and Assoc Prof Carolyn Hendriks, on June 4, as well as the Green Institute’s Virtual Campfire, Connection Through Arts, on May 30.