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Real Freedom for AllWhat (if Anything) Can Justify Capitalism?$
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Philippe Van Parijs

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293576

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198293577.001.0001

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The Highest Sustainable Basic Income

The Highest Sustainable Basic Income

(p.30) Chapter 2 The Highest Sustainable Basic Income
Real Freedom for All

Philippe Van Parijs

Oxford University Press

As a first cut, how close a society's institutions are to the ideal of a free society is determined by how high an unconditional basic income it manages to sustainably give to all its members. There are good reasons to give this income in the form of a demogrant rather than of a negative income tax, to distribute it in the form of regular instalments rather than as a one‐off capital grant, and to give part of it in kind, in particular, in the form of free education and health insurance rather than as a cash benefit.

Keywords:   capital grant, cash benefit, demogrant, free education, free society, health insurance, negative income tax, unconditional basic income

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