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Simon Thorpe
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European Union Government debt now over €12.7 trillion
The latest figures for European Goverment Debt at the end of 2017 were published by Eurostat on the 23rd of April. You can download the data yourselves if you like from their site , but I've put the key figures on a publicly available Google Sheet Doc here ...
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Financing French Higher Education via the Basic Income Fund
If we do decide to give an Unconditional Basic Income of €600 to all adults, we need to decide what to do for those who are under 18. My suggestion is that we might pay half the sum (€300)  to the parent(s) or guardian, and put the other €300 into a fund th...
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Adding Children to my Negative Tax proposal for a French UBI
In my recent posts, I have suggested that we could provide all adults in France with an Unconditional Basic Income of €600 a month and pay for the entire system with a flat rate tax on all additional earned income of 30%. I also suggested that it would be g...
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My Negative Tax proposal for a Universal Basic Income in France
Following my recent talks and presentations, I've been getting a number of questions about the details of my proposal for implementing a basic income in France via a radical reform of the tax system. The basic idea is shown in this figure. The blue curve sh...
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Recent news
I've been very quiet for a few months. But actually, there's been a lot going on. Following my talk at the Emtech meeting in October, the author Calum Chace has asked me to join a very interesting group of people who share the view that technological unempl...
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Where can we find $100 billion a year to fight climate change? Easy - a 0.001% on all Electronic Financial Transactions
The COP23 meeting is currently running in Bonn. Among the main questions - how can we raise the $100 billion a year that is needed to combat climate change, especially since Trump's decision to effectively pull out of the deal. There's an incredibly simple ...
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AI, Neural Technology and Social Transformation
It's been a long time since I last posted a Youtube video. Here's a new one that could interest readers of my blog. It's a modified version of a talk I first gave at the EmTech
(Emerging Technology) meeting in Toulouse France, on the 10th of October
2017....
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Global Financial Transactions 2006-16 by country
Here's another table that analyses where the financial tranasactions listed by the Bank for International Settlements have been taking place since 2016. You can again find the data on a google sheet file here. The US remains the biggest player,  followed by...
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The ECB has now created over €2 trillion
If you have been reading my blog, you will know that I am a big fan of having an Unconditional Basic income. In my last post, I noted that with Global financial transactions running at a minimum of $11 quadrillion in 2016 (official BIS figures), you could f...
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