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#BREAKING We are seeing exciting things for #RankedChoiceVoting, the labor movement, & ballot initiatives!! Thread of #DownBallotProgressives & causes #NotMeUs🔹 + some w/
🌻 @GreenPartyUS #MedicareForAll #UnionStrong #1u
Follow @TheRagtagBand
.@CallForCongress🔹is running for #WA02 8/2/22 against @RepRickLarsen🔹! He ran a great campaign ‘20 so let’s pick up this seat this time! #NotMeUs #MedicareForAll

We, @TheRagtagBand stand behind @WholeWashington in efforts for #MedicareForAll in Washington & #ThroughTheStates! @RedBeretsM4All is fundraising for this initiative! #YesOn1471

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If you say "Just jump through this hoop to get this," no matter how easy you think it is, there will be people you really think need and deserve the reward who won't succeed, and may not even try. Just give everyone what you think some need, and tax it back from those who dont.
A frustratingly common response to #UBI is why provide it to the rich instead of picking some line like $150k and excluding those above that line? The answer is because that will end up excluding *MANY* of those earning under $12k who can't afford to prove they don't earn $150k.
Stop worrying so much about Bezos getting an extra $12k. It means nothing to him. It means nothing to the economy if he gets it. Focus on ways of effectively increasing his taxes more than $12k so he isn't a net recipient. There are lots of ways to do this.

Pick at least one.
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A hot take that shouldn’t be a hot take:

Simply raising the #OW and #ODSP rates isn’t good enough.
Some thoughts:
1) If raising the rates is an interim measure towards a #UBI #GLBI, fine. But #OW and #ODSP are riddled with barriers and were not meant to create a living wage.
What do I mean? Well the #OW Act of 1997 defines ‘assistance’ as “life stabilization assistance and basic financial assistance” - no matter how you look at it, stabilization =/= thriving, living, equitable. It’s an interim fix to a structural failure.
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#BREAKING We are seeing exciting things for #RankedChoiceVoting, the labor movement, & ballot initiatives!! Thread of #DownBallotProgressives & causes #NotMeUs🔹 + some w/
🌻 @GreenPartyUS #MedicareForAll #UnionStrong #1u
Follow @TheRagtagBand
.@CallForCongress🔹is running for #WA02 8/2/22 against @RepRickLarsen🔹! He ran a great campaign ‘20 so let’s pick up this seat this time! #NotMeUs #MedicareForAll

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We, @TheRagtagBand stand behind @WholeWashington in efforts for #MedicareForAll in Washington and #ThroughTheStates! @RedBeretsM4All is fundraising for the ballot initiative!

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1. The Australian Greens deserve real credit for putting forward a bold and pragmatic anti-poverty policy like the #LiveableIncomeGuarantee #BasicIncome #UBI #AusPol2022…
2. @JohnQuiggin writes: 'The policy would increase all income support payments – for those looking for work, studying full-time or unable to work because of age, disability or caring responsibilities' #BasicIncome #UBI…
3. The payment satisfies several of the criteria people often associate with #BasicIncome. 1. Adequacy - the base payment is pegged to the Henderson Poverty Line. 2. Efficiency - 10 welfare payments are consolidated around one base rate.…
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🗣️At 11:30 am (PST) we'll discuss LA's groundbreaking new guaranteed income program with supervisors @HollyJMitchell & @SheilaKuehl, Dr. Bob Ross of @CalEndow, @staciawestphd and Carrie Miller of LA's Poverty Alleviation Initiative. Join us via FB Live:
Welcome to today's briefing, "Groundbreaking Guaranteed Income Program to Provide LA County Residents Financial Room to 'Breathe'" You can follow the convo here @EthnicMediaSvc and via FB Live
You can learn more about LA County's "Breathe" program here:
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Looking forward to what should be an interesting conversation on the impact #UniversalBasicIncome could have on how we may rethink the world of work - and, in particular, the work done by 🚺 #LondonMetResearch
Dr @JessieJWL opens her presentation nothing that #UBI is still very much a "hot topic" amongst policymakers, particularly on its effectiveness on improving women's working lives #LondonMetResearch
Bustillos defines #UBI as "a regular cash income paid to all on an individual basis, without means test or work recruitment". Also notes it has been called a "citizen's wage", "existence income" or "guaranteed universal subsidy" #LondonMetResearch
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The Welsh Government has announced its pilot of Basic Income (notice they have dropped the "universal").

It is hard to know whether to be pleased or disappointed with this.

Let's take a look:


#UBI #UniversalBasicIncome
So shortly after the Senedd election the Welsh Government announced they would be conducting a pilot of UBI.

In principle this is very exciting. UBI has the potential to tackle some of the massive issues we face (and will soon face) in Wales and the wider UK.
Essentially, the idea of UBI is that every adult in a country receives a set amount of money from the government, with no conditions attached, regardless of their individual resources.
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I’ve been talking about this a long time before finding this #Buckyquote yesterday. With our existing technology, a fraction of our cumulative available man-hours could feed, clothe and house the entire world in conditions our ancestors would have called luxurious. #RainingSoup
Robert Heinlein was fond of saying “It’s raining soup! Grab a bucket!” We live in a world of plenty… but buckets are being issued to only a few. Everyone else can only catch the drops in their mouths. Now the bucket holders want to ban most of us from looking up. (2
The only thing keeping us from living in a veritable paradise is greed. Having enough for all is not sufficient. Some people aren’t happy unless they have far more than everyone else. They would rather see the soup fall on the ground than let someone else have any. (3
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P**erty is an unecessary disease we have created ..
The whole premise of eliminating it is to make sure people are not spending time worrying about it , 24 X 7
I would never wish it on any one , The constant fear is unecessary .
Also The solution to it is not a life on private jet and yacth ,
Any situation where you worry about the necessities of life because you dont have $$ is a state of p**erty and its not gonna go away by buying luxury products or experiences.
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🧵 The final #BasicIncomeConversation Research Network Seminar with @MichaelMarmot, @ProfKEPickett and @MTJohnsonUBI is well worth a watch.

It's now up on YouTube to watch back. Take a look at the potential health impacts of #BasicIncome 👇 1/7
Sir Michael Marmot started off talking about life expectancy. Work in the Americas showed life expectancy increase with the average income per person. But that this wasn't the case in the USA. It's not just about money above a threshold, it's what you can do with the money. 2/7
He talked about cash transfers & evidence that generally giving poor people money is good for their health. But that cash transfers (and some "basic income" pilots) differ from #BasicIncome as money comes with conditions or is paid to a target group rather than universally. 3/7
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On November 9-10, @StanfordHAI will host a major conference on Policy and AI. It will feature Four Radical Proposals for Better Society.

Here's an interview with @DanHo1 and me discussing the conference:…
@StanfordHAI @DanHo1 The Four Radical Proposals we will feature are:

1. Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang: Universal Basic Income to Offset Job Losses Due to Automation…
@StanfordHAI @DanHo1 2. Divya Siddarth, Microsoft Associate Political Economist and Social Technologist: Data Cooperatives Could Give Us More Power Over Our Data…
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#USA 🇺🇸

“All politics is tribal,” says @AndrewYang to @gerardtbaker
in this @MilkenInstitute #MIGlobal session on “The Future of Political Parties.” And it’s time to go beyond two tribes…

Watch 👉… ImageImageImageImage
#USA 🇺🇸🗳 A #TwitterPoll sparked by this ⬆️ @MilkenInstitute #MIGlobal panel discussion.

So, tell me: are you Team #WholeFoods @WholeFoods or Team #CrackerBarrel @CrackerBarrel? Or have no idea what this Tweet is all about.
#USA 🇺🇸🗳

“Voters don’t vote based on white papers,” says @AndrewYang in underscoring that appeals to “tribal” interests trump policy papers and positions. #sadreality

@MilkenInstitute #MIGlobal Image
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He @Booker4KY, want any ammo to go after @RandPaul for stuff that's useless? Because this can help.
I mean from a Self-declared "#Libertarian", who seriously isn't he's #SocialConservative at best, it's not hard to dig up dirt on @RandPaul of his Voting Records. Like the 2016 Tax Bill that gave more money to the #Rich, Supports Banning #Abortion (which isn't Libertarian),...
Opposes #LGBTQIA Rights like Same Sex Marriage & wanted it to be banned, Rand is inconsistent on #MilitarySpending of sometimes leaning to not for it or for it in offensive wars (which many Libertarians call that out & believe in Defense of a Direct Threat of an Attack)...
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67% of over 1,000 Americans surveyed in new poll support #UBI. Support was strongest among Democrats (82%), Gen Z (79%), Finance and Insurance (71%), non-college grads (71%), and those earning under $25,000 (77%).… Image
The top benefit of UBI according to those surveyed was that it would decrease both poverty and inequality, and help those with poor health and disabilities.

The top concerns were that it would reduce the incentive to work and increase the national debt by costing too much. Image
When asked how people would use their UBI, most people said they'd save it for retirement, or save it for emergencies, or buy groceries, or pay off debt.

GenZ with the strongest support for UBI is the most likely to pay off student loan debt with it.

13% would buy a house. 🏡 Image
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I've never spent longer writing anything than I have writing this article. I'm excited today to finally present to you my explanation of why we need Modern Monetary Theory (#MMT) and why it needs Universal Basic Income (#UBI).…

#longreads @StephanieKelton Image
Targeting does nothing but create unnecessary bureaucracy, stigma, and holes for people in need to fall through. Pay 'em all and let taxes sort 'em out. Utilizing taxation instead of means-testing as a tool to shape policy leads to better outcomes with fewer errors of exclusion. Image
When it comes to federal policies, going from "can we pay for it?" to "can we resource it?" is the mindset shift needed to achieve a human-centered eco-friendly resource-based economy built with a mindset of abundance on a foundation of human rights.… #MMT Image
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Central banks have given governments their marching orders, to sign everybody up to mandatory digital IDs that will form the basis for new financial and social systems. This is not a conspiracy; this is just happening, all out in the open. Details in this thread:
The real economy has been dead since at least 2009; the financial system has been propped up with limitless fiat money-printing and government debt, kicking the can down the road:
By 2019 central banks reached the end of what they could do and had to come up with a new strategy for the next down-turn - and preserve the wealth of the government class, asset holders, too-big-to-fail zombie companies:…
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If we want to avoid a Mad Max hellscape, the easiest, most effective big step is a tax on carbon, with the revenue returned to all Americans, evenly, as a #UBI.

This #CarbonDividend removes shadow subsidies on pollution, corrects market incentives, AND helps the poor.
Thread on #Hurricane Ida and how Climate Change affects hurricanes
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Here's the fun bureaucracy I've experienced so far as an Ida evacuee:

1. Denied by FEMA for unknown reasons.

2. Denied coverage by my insurance because my evac from New Orleans wasn't officially mandatory.

3. Told that my insurance denial can be used to appeal FEMA's denial.
Anti-govt libertarians and conservatives love insurance as the solution to government safety nets, but in my experience, they never pay out. They always find an excuse. In this case, their excuse is that even though my city doesn't want me to return yet, it didn't mandate evac.
My insurance policy is supposed to provide $2,000 to help with hotel fees in this situation, but their legal loophole is that leaving was voluntary, but the thing is, mandatory evac wasn't an option, it was too late, so they just urged us all to leave.…
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Using this next time I receive pushback for identifying that #UBI is neoliberalism.
The notion that market freedom is tantamount to individual liberty was a distinctive feature of neoliberalism.

Do the #YangGang disagree with this?
And after learning of exactly how the market can NOT distribute justice, we find the actual solutions. Equality means infrastructure and systems, not handouts.
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Over 10 years after the 2-year universal basic income pilot ended in Namibia, this follow-up report has been published. It includes interviews with recipients, like this one with Josef Ganeb, a bricklayer, whose business flourished during the #UBI pilot.…
Rudolphine Eigowas is a dressmaker and her business flourished too but when the pilot ended, problems born of money scarcity returned.

"I just want that they bring back the BIG, the whole Namibia must get the BIG - the problems are not only here - the whole Namibia must get it!”
Christian Swartbooi repaired shoes during the pilot. Over ten years later his eyesight prevents him from continuing that work and he wishes #BasicIncome would return.

“BIG was working.” His wife, Crecia, continues: “With the BIG we never had to suffer, but now we are suffering.”
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THREAD: The corp Dem establishment & its media allies are LOVING THE current divide & Conquer/mass cancellation/neverending war among indy media.

To rightfully politically frustrated progressives giving this oxygen for a month now at expense of all else...THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT
In reality, this goes back far earlier than this year and the current online war bw hosts and channels...I started seeing this in 2016 after @BernieSanders endorsed @HillaryClinton. Rightfully disappointed and frustrated progressives' began turning on Bernie & diving head first..
into a political nihilist mentality that believes ANY politician--whether or not you agree with them on policy/morality--that takes a direction or makes a policy or strategic choice you don't agree with is a "sell out" or "fraud." Now this has extended to YouTube hosts...
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We should be wary of #UBI for so many reasons, it's hard to cover them all here. I will do a full length post on UBI in Canada and why we should stay far away from it soon.

To summarize (sources at end of thread):

In practice UBI will be used to destroy/commodify vital social programs. Left-wing proposals exist, but this is the form we're most likely get in reality. The one supported by right-wing economists, billionaires, and the drive of capital to commodify everything possible.

If UBI $$$ aren't generous enough to live on, it's a huge subsidy for low-wage employers, allowing them to pay marginalized workers sub-survival wages, especially those stuck in gig-economy hell. Think WalMart using food stamps to lower their wage bill times many billion.

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I have been warning for ~4 years that this was the ultimate goal.

Rule One of modern politics is that if #Technology empowers servitude, #surveillance, or social engineering those in power will seek to exploit it.

#bankofengland sees #CBDC as a tool: #socialcredit +#NetZero
You @SteveBakerHW @DesmondSwayne @DavidDavisMP @Mark_J_Harper @SirGrahamBrady @Fox_Claire are valiantly resisting vxxne passes, but are you alert to this, much more overarching, more intimately intrusive horror?
ALL to be watched, weighed, tracked, traced, rationed, restricted?
The shorthand I use is #Sinification: what #XiJinping’s #CCP did in #China yesterday, his proselytes & admirers -like #KlausSchwab- promote today, Big Tech, Pharma & Finance offer to enable tomorrow & YOUR government plans to introduce -on some pretext or other- the day after.
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