Interest in the citizens income (or basic income) seems to be cyclical. It’s been discussed a few times in the past, got quite a long way in some instances, and then disappeared again. A few years ago there was very little about it on the internet, and it almost felt like a lost idea. That’s changed quite dramatically, partly because of the overloading of benefit systems in the age of austerity, perhaps helped along by successful cash grant projects in development contexts.
Today a number of countries are talking about the citizens income, with Britain’s Labour party the most recent addition to the list of people considering it. Campaigns are springing up, researchers are working out the maths of it, and the idea is resurgent.
If you haven’t come across it, a helpful 20 minute documentary came out last week that you may find worthwhile. It’s called Means to an End, and you can watch it below.