Basic Income Is Not an Obligation, But It Might Be a Legitimate Choice : Basic Income Studies

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Basic Income Studies

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Basic Income Is Not an Obligation, But It Might Be a Legitimate Choice

Michael C. Munger1

1Duke University

Citation Information: Basic Income Studies. Volume 6, Issue 2, ISSN (Online) 1932-0183, DOI: 10.1515/1932-0183.1222, January 2012

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2012-01-19

A distinction is made between libertarian destinations and libertarian directions. Basic income cannot be part of a truly libertarian state unless it could be accomplished entirely through voluntary donations. But basic income is an important step in a libertarian direction because it improves core values such as self-ownership, liberty and efficiency of transfers while reducing coercion and increasing procedural fairness. Practical approaches to achieving basic income are compared to proposals by Milton Friedman and Charles Murray.

Keywords: basic income; democracy; entitlements; libertarian; public choice

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