Man gets $1,100 per month in basic income to draw attention to policy

By Chris Weller for Tech Insider

Frans Kerver was working 12-hour days before the money started coming in.

For nine years, the 53-year-old freelance copywriter living in Groningen, the Netherlands, would rise at 7 a.m. and fall asleep at 1 a.m. His wife and three kids rarely saw him.

When Kerver began receiving a basic income last July, everything changed.

Universal basic income (UBI) is a radical system of wealth distribution introduced in the 1960s in which people are given a regular monthly income to cover basic expenses like food, shelter, and clothing. There are no strings attached to UBI. People living in a country with UBI can be doctors or plumbers; no matter what, they'll receive the same regular allowance.

At present, Kerver is the only person in the Netherlands to earn a basic income. His steady cash flow comes courtesy of the Dutch organization MIES (translation: Society for Innovations in Economics and Community), which has a larger mission of promoting basic income as a viable system in the Netherlands.

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