Basic Income: A Rational Proposal Guaranteeing the Material Existence of the Population

  • Daniel Raventós
  • Julie Wark


One of the usual criticisms of basic income is that, if it can be financed at all, it would only be a very small amount and not worth the effort, while a basic income equal to the poverty threshold would be impossible to finance, or so the argument goes. Our aim is to show that a basic income equal to the poverty line can indeed be financed with a progressive tax reform in which the officially richest 20% would receive the basic income but would pay higher taxes than at present. The other 80% of the population would gain. And the poorest people would gain most. As for the justice of the proposal, our arguments are based on the historical republican concept of freedom.


Basic income Democratic republicans Distribution Equality Freedom Justice Republicanism Tax reform 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Raventós
    • 1
  • Julie Wark
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Independent Writer and TranslatorBarcelonaSpain

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