Is UBI politically feasible?

Did you know the 91st Congress (1969 to 1971) almost enacted a guaranteed income bill? The Chapman Law Review has just published a special symposium volume: “A Fifty-Year Retrospective on Major Laws of the 91st Congress.” My contribution, however, was about “the one that got away.” Instead of writing about the many historic (and I would argue, misguided) laws that were enacted by the 91st Congress, I wrote about President Nixon’s proposed guaranteed income bill, which was approved by the House but died in the Senate. I wrote my history of the guaranteed income bill in the form of a three-act legislative morality play and called it “A Chronicle of a Political Death Foretold.” Although my essay is historical in nature, it is nevertheless very timely, for it offers many lessons to both proponents and opponents of contemporary Universal Basic Income proposals.

Is it time to consider universal basic income? - Futurity

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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11 Responses to Is UBI politically feasible?

  1. That was a great paper. It provided me with the historical context that I was missing in the UBI debate.

  2. Alejandra says:

    I enjoyed it very much. Great information and brought new insight to the topic.

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