The Washington Post‘s Wonkblog held a debate on basic income in December with Mike Konczal, Max Sawicky, Megan McArdle, and Veronique de Rugy. Konczal, who has written thoughtfully in favor of basic income, posted Sawicky’s remarks–“The Liberal Case Against Basic Income” on–his Rortybomb blog a few weeks later. BINews posted my response–“The Liberal Case for a Basic Income”–today.
Thanks to Max Sawicky for his comments on the BINews site here: http://binews.org/2014/01/opinion-the-liberal-case-for-a-basic-income/, though I have to disagree with him when he says:
“I see no useful compromise with the Right on income guarantees (unlike other issues, such as NSA spying). The Right must be vanquished, not compromised with.” If we can get the right to agree to a BI, I see that as a win, not a compromise.