The Anti-Paternalist Case for Unconditional Basic Income Provision

In Michael Cholbi & Michael Weber (eds.), The Future of Work, Technology, and Basic Income. pp. 62-78 (2019)
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Argues that an anti-paternalist case for unconditional basic income (UBI) is more difficult to make than it appears. Those who support UBI on anti-paternalist grounds wrongly understand paternalism in terms of how having options affects liberty rather than, in terms of how others intercede in their rational agency in ways that reflect judgments of the recipients’ inferiority. Moreover, a basket of essential goods appears better equipped than UBI to prevent unequal social relations that paternalism can exploit or exacerbate.

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Michael Cholbi
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