Alaska’s budget woes

We’ve been inspired by Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend. With its current budget crisis, we can witness in real time how politicians will try to steal from future generations. Our member, Rahul Basu, writes on how Alaska should view its problems. We hope their Permanent Fund Dividend is restored.

New Paper on Goa’s mining

Intergenerational Equity Case Study: Iron-ore Mining in Goa is a new paper by our member, Rahul Basu. “The public trust doctrine makes natural resources a part of the commons, owned equally by all, and legally owned by the state. The resources and opportunities that the present generation have inherited must be available to future generations in perpetuity. In the Goa …

Permanent Fund Defenders

The Alaska Permanent Fund and Dividend is under threat again from the politicians. Alaska only deposits 25% of their money from oil into the Permanent Fund. The balance 75% is the largest funding source for the budget. The commodity boom resulted in a large increase in the budget. Expenditure increased with a lag from less than $3 bn in 2005 to …

The Navajo Permanent Fund

The Navajo people have established a Permanent Trust Fund under Navajo Tribal Law. Here’s a short history of the Navaho Permanent Trust Fund. In 2014, the Navajo Nation won $554 million in a settlement with the US government over mismanagement of their natural resources. We have already reported on Mendha-Lekha and the Alaska Native and Regional Cooperatives. Will other indigenous peoples set up …

Citizen’s Dividend and Basic Income

It is enlightened, it is sensible, and it is eminently feasible: Guy Standing, BIEN co-founder and honorary co-president

Can Norway learn from Goa?

Our movement has been inspired by the permanent funds of Norway and Alaska. In a norwegian article titled “With Oil Fund as a model“, Kenneth Bo Nielsen describes the Goenchi Mati proposal, and considers whether there are aspects for Norway to learn from. The Norwegian newpaper, Bergens Tidende, has published the article.

What can we learn from Alaska

Alaska is the global role model for a Citizen’s Dividend, and we have copied Alaska as well. However, there is another lesson to be learnt from Alaska: how much should we deposit into the Permanent Fund. We have argued in an earlier blog post that the only solution is to deposit 100% into the Permanent Fund. This avoids consumption of …

How a similar movement was killed a 100 years ago

Henry George was a journalist-economist-politician who is not well known today, but in the late 1800s, was one of the most popular and famous persons of the US. He had a number of interesting economic proposals that threatened the existing power structures through elegant solutions that were win-win for the vast majority. For instance he proposed a tax on land (but not …

How everyone in the US can get $200 a month

Authors James Boyce and Peter Barnes discuss in a recent article how a universal income of $200 per month could be financed from fees charged for the commons. Peter Barnes is a long standing supporter of citizens dividends from the commons. #BasicIncome #CitizensDividend

Calling all parties to protect our children’s inheritance

The Goenchi Mati Movement today releases its Manifesto for the Goa Assembly Elections 2017. The movement asks all political parties to include it in their manifestos.