Universal Basic Income: A Radical Socioeconomic Alternative on the Horizon


In the following paper I would like to introduce the concept of Universal Basic Income and present some grounds for its implementation by showing its moral justification and particularly its positive and radical egalitarian consequences. For reasons of space I will not address the issues of the feasibility and viability of basic income even though I am fully aware of their importance. And I will only briefly mention another very important issue – the normative justification for implementing basic income. Basic Income is an income paid by the state to each full member or accredited resident of a society, regardless of whether he or she wishes to engage in paid employment, or whether they are rich or poor. In other words, UBI functions independently of any other sources of income that a person might have, and irrespective of cohabitation arrangements in the domestic sphere1.