Economic Recovery: Is It Time for a Basic Income?

April 21, 2021

Floyd Marinescu & John Clarke

Wednesday, April 21, 4:30PM–6:00PM PST, Via Zoom Webinar (Registration Required)

Organized by SFU's Institute for the Humanities

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PART OF THE COVID-19 LECTURE SERIES: "THINKING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC"

But how are you going to pay for it? This has been the incredulous, reflexive response to any proposals for progressive reform throughout the neoliberal era. So when the pandemic hit last year, activists had to push hard before governments yielded any substantial income replacement payments to the most vulnerable and those hit hardest by COVID-related losses.

The experience with the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has reignited debate over proposals for a Universal Basic Income (UBI). This is a question on which progressive voices have been divided. While some see UBI as a necessary step forward, others warn it could pave the way for yet more neoliberal restructuring and cuts.

PANELISTS

  • Floyd Marinescu, a CEO activist for universal basic income
  • John Clarke, veteran anti-poverty organizer and the Packer Visitor in Social Justice at Toronto's York University