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Two Libertarian Arguments for Basic Income Proposals

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  • Powell Brian K.

    (Western Illinois University)

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For those familiar only with libertarians on the economic right, it seems obvious that libertarians will oppose basic income proposals. However, there are a variety of ways to argue for basic income proposals from within a “left” or “egalitarian” libertarian framework. In this article I argue that such a framework ought to be preferred to the alternative right-libertarian framework. Then I look at a simple left-libertarian argument for basic income proposals that is inspired by Thomas Paine and Henry George, and at another, more complex, argument offered by Phillipe Van Parijs.

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  • Powell Brian K., 2012. "Two Libertarian Arguments for Basic Income Proposals," Basic Income Studies, De Gruyter, vol. 6(2), pages 1-10, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bistud:v:6:y:2012:i:2:n:5
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