Almost anywhere but in the United States: Daily Bullshit, January 2-3, 2017

Basic Income

Notable by its absence from a lengthening list of places trying a basic income scheme: The United States, which also is among a very few nations which refuses to ratify the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which, among other things, guarantees “the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions” and “the right to work, which includes the right of everyone to the opportunity to gain his living by work which he freely chooses or accepts”[1]

Delphine d’Amora, “A Brief History of the Idea That Everyone Should Get Free Cash for Life,” Mother Jones, December 26, 2016,

Libby Brooks, “Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland,” Guardian, January 1, 2017,

Jon Henley, “Finland trials basic income for unemployed,” Guardian, January 3, 2017,

  1. [1]International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, December 16, 1966, United Nations, General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI),