Philosophy professor Philippe Van Parijs, one of Europe’s most prominent advocates for a “basic income” model, explains that the concept is a surprisingly “simple” yet “powerful” social benefit that political communities can finance with a sensible taxation system. He lays out his case in a clearly-written, scholarly annotated paper, which getAbstract recommends to policy makers and political activists willing to entertain an unconventional yet surprisingly straightforward approach to social justice.
In this summary, you will learn
- What “basic income” is,
- Why the concept of “unconditionality” must be at the center of every basic income scheme and
- Why basic income will benefit the poor.
About the Author
Philippe Van Parijs is the Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics at the Université catholique de Louvain.
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