Two Libertarian Arguments for Basic Income Proposals

Powell, Brian K.
October 2011
Basic Income Studies;2011, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p-1
Academic Journal
For those familiar only with libertarians on the economic right, it seems obvious that libertarians will oppose basic income proposals. However, there are a variety of ways to argue for basic income proposals from within a 'left' or 'egalitarian' libertarian framework. In this article I argue that such a framework ought to be preferred to the alternative right-libertarian framework. Then I look at a simple left-libertarian argument for basic income proposals that is inspired by Thomas Paine and Henry George, and at another, more complex, argument offered by Phillipe Van Parijs.


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