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Basic Income in 1848

By Guido Erreygers and John Cunliffe


This note introduces a virtually unknown social constitution drafted in Brussels in 1848, in which an unconditional basic income figured prominently. We provide details on the historical and intellectual context in which the proposal originated, and briefly compare it with similar proposals of the same period. In the appendix, we present an English translation of the constitution

Topics: HC, DH
Publisher: Berkeley Electronic Press
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:888

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