Speenhamland, automation and the basic income: A warning from history?

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Autumn/Winter 2017

Basic income may not be the ideal response to automation and technological unemployment envisaged by its proponents. In fact, it risks embalming our current economy – defined by low-skilled, low-paid, and unrewarding work – for longer than would otherwise be the case.

Renewal: a journal of social democracy, Volume 25 No 3/4