Discover the history of the support received by Universal Basic Income through the ages.

A timeline by the Gerald Huff Fund For Humanity

by SCOTT SANTENS & GISELE HUFF

A Timeline of the most prominent Basic Income supporters

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Types of
UBI
Projects

  • Universal – automatically available to everyone in the cohort
  • Unconditional – no compliance required but targeted/means tested
  • Conditional – means tested
1737 - 1809

Thomas Paine

“Men did not make the earth. It is the value of the improvements only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property. Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds… as a compensation in part, for the loss of natural inheritance, by the introduction of the system of landed property… In advocating the case of the persons thus dispossessed, it is a right, and not a charity, that I am pleading for.”

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1737 - 1809
1899 - 1992

Friedrich Hayek

The assurance of a certain minimum income for everyone, or a sort of floor below which nobody need fall even when he is unable to provide for himself, appears not only to be wholly legitimate protection against a risk common to all, but a necessary part of the Great Society in which the individual no longer has specific claims on the members of the particular small group into which he was born.”

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1899 - 1992
1912 - 2006

Milton Friedman

“The people who get on welfare lose their human independence. . . They would be far better off if we just gave them the money and let them spend it. Because in doing so, we not only give them more help immediately, we will strengthen their responsibility.

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1912 - 2006
1943 - Present

Charles Murray

“In the decades ahead, a life well-lived will often have to be one that does not involve a job traditionally defined. A universal basic income will be an essential part of the transition to a world unlike any in the history of our species.

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1943 - Present

And many, many more to come.

Scott Santens

EDITOR, BIT

Writer and unconditional basic income advocate who believes our civilization is better than this.