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Simon Thorpe
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I'm rather pleased with my latest post. I show that it's easy to pay for an Unconditional Basic Income if you combine its introduction with a radical reform of the income tax system. Essentially, it's Milton Friedman's negative income tax idea... that he was proposing back in the 60s. Maybe its time has come?

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Basic Income and Flat Rate tax - a viable solution
Following up from my recent suggestion that Benoit Hamon could finance a Universal Basic Income by a radical reform of the tax system , I've been trying to put some hard numbers on the calculations. A few years ago, Camille Landais, Thomas Piketty and Emman...

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Benoit Hamon and the Unconditional Basic Income
Things are getting interesting in France with the upcoming Presidential Elections on the 23rd of April and 7th of May this year. Today, it's the second round of the primaries for the Parti Socialiste, with a choice between Manuel Valls,  who until recently ...

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More thoughts on the idea of a Universal Universal Basic Income. I really do think that this could be done.

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More on the Universal Universal Basic Income
Yesterday , I made the radical suggestion that we could give everyone on the planet an unconditional basic income fixed at 50% of the local median income financed by a 0.1% univeral flat rate financial transaction tax on all electronic financial transaction...

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This is a pretty mindblowing idea. How about giving everyone on the planet an Unconditional Basic Income? You could finance it all with a modest Financial Transaction Tax.

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Best wishes for 2017 - and an update on LCH Clearnet
My best wishes to all of you for 2017 - and my apologies for being rather quiet of late. Put at least some of it down to post Brexit, post Trump depression. But, as always at this time of year, I like to cheer myself up by downloading the remarkably detaile...

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I've just posted an Open Letter to Donald Trump. I may think that Trump is dangerous and unfit to be president, but he does seem to have a very thick skin. Maybe he could be the person to take on the Wall Street lobbyists. I've given him a whole pile of novel ideas that might well work very nicely - and help him deliver for the people who voted him in.
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