Culture Briefing


What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

Libertarian Charles Murray: The welfare state has denuded our civic culture

PBS NewsHour

On the Libertarian Right, theorists like Charles Murray advocate for the UBI as a replacement for the vast majority of government-administered social programs.

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Life, Liberty, and a Little Bit of Cash


On the Social Democratic Left, the UBI does not necessarily replace the modern welfare state, but merely supplements it.

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This Kenyan village is a laboratory for the biggest basic income experiment ever


On the Philanthrocapitalist Right, some are making direct donations to individuals as a way to alleviate need and encourage innovation.

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India flirts with a UBI

The Economist

On the Humanitarian Left, the case for the UBI is about building a commitment to social justice into a society’s political self-understanding as its economy modernizes.

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