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Unconditional Freedom: Universal Basic Income and Social Power (Paperback)

Unconditional Freedom: Universal Basic Income and Social Power By David Casassas, Julie Wark (Translated by) Cover Image
By David Casassas, Julie Wark (Translated by)
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‘A carefully argued case for basic income as central to a democratic transformation of society’ -- Carole Pateman, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UCLA

‘This path-breaking work throws new light on how we understand work, freedom, and emancipation in today’s highly precariatised and insecure world ... A must-read’ -- Sarath Davala, Chair, Basic Income Earth Network

‘An ethical defence of basic income constructed on the value of republican freedom, an important proposal in an era of rentier capitalism that allows plutocrats to pocket more and more wealth’ -- Guy Standing, author of The Corruption of Capitalism and The Precariat

‘Casassas traces the case for basic income to its traditional left-wing origins of combatting structural domination and unequal social power’ -- Jurgen De Wispelaere, Visiting Professor, University of Freiburg

As the rich get richer and take more of our wealth, our democratic freedoms are also in danger. The elite are gaining large profits without contributing back to society, hollowing out our public services and institutions and preventing the vast majority of us from living our lives to the fullest.

In Unconditional Freedom, David Casassas argues that for us to live freely, we need unconditional resources such as Universal Basic Income. In a sharp and lucid analysis, he shows that UBI would not only liberate us from the nightmare of social exclusion and precarious employment, it would also increase our bargaining power as individuals and collectives, opening doors to democratise our lives. 

David Casassas is Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona. He was the Secretary of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) and he is now a member of its International Advisory Board. He is the author of The City in Flames.

Julie Wark is a translator, author and human rights activist.

About the Author


David Casassas is a lecturer in social and political theory, social movements, and economic sociology at the University of Barcelona. He was the Secretary of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) and he is now a member of its International Advisory Board. He has widely published on republicanism, socialism and basic income and is the author of the highly praised Spanish book The City in Flames: The validity of Adam Smith’s commercial republicanism.

Julie Wark is a translator and human rights activist. She is correspondent for Europe for CounterPunch and author of The Human Rights Manifesto and Against Charity (with Daniel Raventós).

Praise For…


'A very important and timely book. This excellent study ... brings together in a single work the contributions David Casassas has made over many years to the analysis of basic income. This is a must-read for anyone who wants a broader perspective on basic income as a transformative measure.'
Louise Haagh, author of 'The Case for Basic Income'

'A useful, militant book, useful because it clearly, rigorously, and skilfully sets out the basic principles of the universal basic income, and militant because it doesn't hide its position, which I'd describe as radical. In this, [Casassas] follows the advice of our mutual friend and teachermentor, Antoni Domènech, for whom, "If you don't know how to be sufficiently radical, you'll always end up in the folly of hyperrealism."'
Daniel Raventós, author of 'Basic Income: The Material Conditions of Freedom'

'An ethical defence of basic income constructed on the value of republican freedom, an important proposal in an era of rentier capitalism that allows plutocrats to pocket more and more wealth. We need a new system of distribution with basic income acting as an anchor.'
Guy Standing, author of 'The Corruption of Capitalism'

'Casassas firmly retraces the Republican case for basic income to its traditional Left-wing origins of combatting structural domination and unequal social power. A timely anti-dote to those propagating the myth of basic income as a trojan horse of the Right!'
Jurgen De Wispelaere, Visiting Professor, Götz Werner Chair of Economic Policy & Constitutional Theory, University of Freiburg

'David’s path-breaking work throws new light on how we understand work, freedom, and emancipation in today’s highly precariatised and insecure world. He is provocative and equally tender in his treatment of human condition in our particular moment of capitalist evolution, painstakingly sketching what true emancipation looks and feels like, and what role a basic income could play in the process. A must-read for students and teachers, policymakers and activists who are keen to make this world a better place for all of us.'
Sarath Davala, Sociologist, Chair, Basic Income Earth Network

'A carefully argued case for basic income as central to a democratic transformation of society. Basic income must be seen not just as an anti-poverty policy but as a means for achieving both individual socio-economic independence and collective self-government. [It] can thus be seen as vital for solving a political problem, which also demands the appropriate universalist policies and structure of rights to uphold unconditional freedom for everyone.'
Carole Pateman, political theorist, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science UCLA


Product Details
ISBN: 9780745348636
ISBN-10: 0745348637
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication Date: January 20th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English