Professor Guy Standing: The ethical case for basic income

Speaker: Professor Guy Standing

The right to subsistence lies behind the idea that everybody should have a basic income, and was enshrined in the Charter of the Forest of 1217. The case for a basic income is fundamentally ethical, a matter of common justice, not just a means of fighting poverty. It would also enhance freedom. But today it is also an economic imperative, due to globalisation, rentier capitalism and the new class structure in which the precariat is the mass class, consisting of people living in chronic insecurity. This talk will explain why a basic income is an essential element of a new progressive politics.

Guy is Professorial Research Associate, SOAS University of London, a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Society of Arts.


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01 Dec 2021


2:15 pm


Wednesday Lecture - online