In Richard Caputo & Larry Liu (eds.), Political Activism and Basic Income Guarantee. International Experiences and Perspectives Past, Present, and Near Future. New York, USA: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 13-31 (2020)

Olga Lenczewska
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Avshalom Schwartz
Stanford University
This paper concerns the growing political polarization in the U.S. and the challenges faced by political activists in their effort to mobilize around struggles and demands for policy changes. We argue that basic income can serve as a key policy around which social movements and political activists of different beliefs systems – feminist activists, racial justice activists, liberal egalitarians, Marxists-socialists, and libertarians – could form an overlapping consensus. This would allow them to have a common political goal without having to reach agreement over fundamental values, thus gaining more political visibility and increasing their ability to promote socio-political change.
Keywords Basic Income  Political polarization  Feminist political theory  Racial justice  Liberal egalitarianism  Marxism-socialism  Libertarianism  Consensus
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