Universal basic income (UBI) or Basic Income Guarantee has some surprising allies: libertarians. Libertarian supporters of a Basic Income Guarantee are quick to point to some apparently pragmatic defenses of such a program and criticize the libertarian “purists” who dig their heels into the ground to stand against it. An article written by Matt Zwolinski on Libertarianism.org supporting a Basic Income Guarantee has been making the rounds recently and has reopened the debate.
He makes the following three arguments in support of his claim:
- “A Basic Income Guarantee would be much better than the current welfare state.”
- “A Basic Income Guarantee might be required on libertarian grounds as reparation for past injustice.”
- “A Basic Income Guarantee might be required to meet the basic needs of the poor.”
Does Zwolinski make a compelling case or should libertarians be resistant to such proposals? Rollo and Slappy discuss Zwolinski’s article in this week’s episode.
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