101 Reasons for a Citizen's Income

Arguments for Giving Everyone Some Money

Malcolm Torry

101 Reasons for a Citizen's Income

Malcolm Torry

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

136 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2015
Paper $20.95 ISBN: 9781447326120 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America only
In the face of rising inequality, financial crisis, and painful austerity, the idea of a basic, guaranteed income—a citizen’s income—is an idea whose time has come. In 101 Reasons for a Citizen’s Income, Malcolm Torry lays out the case for guaranteeing a universal, unconditional income, and he goes on to show how a citizen’s income would help solve problems of poverty, social cohesion, and economic efficiency. Drawing on arguments detailed in Torry's Money for Everyone, 101 Reasons for a Citizen’s Income is a bracing call for action that will jump-start a crucial debate and point the way to a better future for all.
Contents
The constituents of benefits and tax systems, and the UK as an example
A: The economy
B: A changing society
C: Administration
D: Politics
E: Ideas
Review Quotes
Hartley Dean, London School of Economics and Political Science
“Provides a clear and incisive contribution to what may become one of the most critical social policy debates of the current era.”
Jay Ginn, King’s College, London
“All your questions about Citizen’s Income are answered in this book by Malcolm Torry, a world expert on the subject. Each myth and misunderstanding, whether from a right- or a left-wing perspective, is clearly and succinctly dealt with.”
Basic Income European Network
“Packed with easy-to-grasp arguments written with clarity from an elegantly simple, practical point of view.”
John Macnicol | Citizen’s Income Trust
“This is a most impressive book. Its deceptive simplicity and admirable clarity conceal the fact that Torry has a sound knowledge of both the intricacies of the UK benefits system (sharpened by a spell administering means-tested benefits) and the human condition (thirty-four years as a Church of England vicar is bound to teach one about life). The book thus displays a mastery of detail on the United Kingdom’s tax and benefit systems, as well as of current labor market trends; yet this detail is communicated to the reader painlessly and effortlessly. Above all else, what comes across here is Torry’s vision that this reform will not only be economically beneficial, it will also increase the sum total of human happiness. . . . Torry has done us a great service by outlining the case for a citizen’s income in this persuasive, well argued, and readable book.”
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