Philippe Van Parijs (born 1951) is a Belgian philosopher and political economist, mainly known as secretary of the Basic Income European Network. He is a proponent and main defender of the basic income concept. In Real Freedom for All: What, (if anything) can justify capitalism? He argues for both the justice and feasibility of a universal basic income. It is just because it promotes actual, rather than merely formal, freedom to make choices. (I can't, for instance, really choose to stay at home to raise my kids or start my own business if I can't afford to.) It is feasible through taxing a scarce, valued social good: jobs. 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... The Basic Income European Network is a network of academics and activists interested in the idea of a universal basic income, based on citizenship and not on work requirement or charity. ... A guaranteed minimum income is a proposed system of income redistribution that would give each citizen a certain sum of money independent of whether they work or not. ...
VanParijs suggests that individuals are as free as possibly when opportunity is "leximined" subject to the constraint that no one’s formal freedom is violated.
VanParijs takes over 130,000 words to argue only that the highest sustainable basic income maximizes, subject to a few constraints, the least advantaged individual’s freedom to do whatever she might want to do.
VanParijs (1995) judges this to be fair because both benefit from the exchange relative to how well off they would be with the same property rights and without the exchange.
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