philippe van parijs

Left-libertarianism’ is a new term for an old conception of justice, dating back to Grotius. It combines the libertarian assumption that each person possesses a natural right of self-ownership over his person with the egalitarian premiss that natural resources should be shared equally. Right-wing libertarians argue that the right of self-ownership entails the right to appropriate unequal parts of the external world, such as unequal amounts of land. According to left-libertarians, however, the world’s natural resources were initially unowned, or belonged equally to all, and it is illegitimate for anyone to claim exclusive private ownership of these resources to the detriment of others. Such private appropriation is legitimate only if everyone can appropriate an equal amount, or if those who appropriate more are taxed to compensate those who are thereby excluded from what was once common property. Historic proponents of this view include Thomas Paine, Herbert Spencer, and Henry George. Recent exponents include Philippe Van Parijs and Hillel Steiner.
—  Will Kymlicka
An Unconditional Basic Income Is The Solution But The Important Word Here Is Basic

The old idea of a universal basic income is getting another roll out. And it’s entirely true that the provision of such a thing would solve many of our economic problems. It’s not quite the miracle panacea but it is still pretty good all the same. As Jaron Lanier […]

An Unconditional Basic Income openly advocated for in Forbes… I never thought I’d live to see the day. Philippe van Parijs must be so proud.

“Neverthless, a basic income is a very good idea indeed: the clincher for me is that it would eradicate those huge marginal tax rates that people at the bottom of the labour pile face. As benefits are withdrawn and taxes start to bite there are millions in my native UK who face 60% marginal tax rates. There are even some tens of thousands of unfortunate souls who face rates over 100%: earning more money leaves them with less disposable income.”