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Basic Income Studies

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Two Libertarian Arguments for Basic Income Proposals

Brian K. Powell
  • Western Illinois University
Published Online: 2012-01-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/1932-0183.1223

For those familiar only with libertarians on the economic right, it seems obvious that libertarians will oppose basic income proposals. However, there are a variety of ways to argue for basic income proposals from within a “left” or “egalitarian” libertarian framework. In this article I argue that such a framework ought to be preferred to the alternative right-libertarian framework. Then I look at a simple left-libertarian argument for basic income proposals that is inspired by Thomas Paine and Henry George, and at another, more complex, argument offered by Phillipe Van Parijs.

Keywords: basic income; John Locke; left-libertarianism; libertarianism; Phillipe Van Parijs; Thomas Paine; universal welfare; welfare policy; welfare reform; welfare state


Published Online: 2012-01-19


Citation Information: Basic Income Studies. Volume 6, Issue 2, ISSN (Online) 1932-0183, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/1932-0183.1223, January 2012

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