Did CERB prove that the time has come for a permanent guaranteed annual income?

Posted on January 27, 2021 | By Stephen Kimber | 0 Comments

A year ago, the word COVID-19, a catchphrase to catch that far more cumbersome mouthful, “coronavirus disease 2019,” didn’t exist in our vocabulary, let alone our lives. Now it has changed everything about everything, including our willingness to talk in new ways about old issues like a universal guaranteed annual income.

The social justice notion that everyone should be entitled to a basket of money to cover their basic needs—“not charity but a right, not bounty but justice,” as the American pamphleteer Thomas Paine put it way back in 1797—is not new. Neither is its rationale.

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