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Henry David Thoreau on Basic Income: Genius Grants for the Masses

Brent Ranalli
From the journal Basic Income Studies


In this essay we examine the work of nineteenth-century American philosopher Henry David Thoreau to see how his thought relates to common arguments for and against Basic Income. We find that Thoreau would be unlikely to champion cash grants as an anti-poverty measure, but that he would endorse a Basic Income variant meant to support the development of human potential.


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Published Online: 2019-03-16

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