Universal basic income is about to have its moment in the mainstream. The Democratic presidential hopeful has made paying a $1,000 monthly stipend to every American — aimed at staving off the threat from workforce automation — a central part of his pitch. Now, OZY reports, the crowded field of contenders is beginning to take the initiative more seriously, while Google users have sent the search term “UBI” to five-year highs during Yang’s debate appearances.
So is the policy here to stay? Experts compare the conversation about UBI to universal health care: Once a pipe dream among progressives, it’s now firmly part of the Democrats’ agenda.