Nixon’s failed attempt to establish a universal basic income, and the philosophical campaign against the ‘welfare state’ by both republicans and democrats is detailed by author and journalist Rutger Bregman. We break down universal basic income facts & myths, and explore the positive impact basic income could have on America and the rest of the world. Bregman also discusses the crushing economic impact of Bill Clinton’s welfare reform, the benefits of a shorter work week, and the core differences between universal basic income and welfare in this Lip News Interview, hosted by Michael Parker.
Rutger Bregman is one of Europe’s most prominent young thinkers. The 27-year-old historian and author has published four books on history, philosophy, and economics. His History of Progress was awarded the Belgian Liberales prize for best nonfiction book of 2013. The Dutch edition of Utopia for Realists became a national bestseller and sparked a basic income movement that soon made international headlines. Bregman has twice been nominated for the prestigious European Press Prize for his journalism work at The Correspondent. His work has been featured in The Washington Post and on the BBC.
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00:01 Welcoming Rutger Bregman to the Lip.
00:35 Nixon’s income plan.
03:08 Nixon’s progressive ideas.
05:25 Martin Anderson.
09:18 The Spiegelman myth.
12:00 Bill Clinton & welfare reform.
14:01 Researching universal basic income.
16:15 The work week
17:40 Basic income vs welfare.
20:15 Redefining utopia.
22:14 Thank you and goodbye.