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75/ The Precariatized Mind and the Case for a Basic Income for All (with Guy Standing)


This is a conversation with Guy Standing, a Professorial Research Associate at SOAS University of London and a founding member and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), a non-governmental organisation that promotes a basic income for all.

Topics Discussed:

  • What is Universal Basic Income (UBI)/ Basic Income
  • Why it’s so important that basic income be unconditional
  • Towards a new class system: Precariat, Salariat, Proficients, Oligarchs, Plutocracy, Working Class, Lumpen Underclass etc
  • What is the precariatized mind?
  • Types of Precariats: Atavists who look to the past/Nostalgics: The migrants, the roamers, the refugees, the minorities/Progressives
  • Towards a new politics of time
  • How the global COVID-19 pandemic makes the case for a basic income

Recommended Books

  • The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt
  • The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time by Karl Polanyi
  • The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All by Peter Linebaugh

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Music by Tarabeat.

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