Roderick Benns recently interviewed Floyd Marinescu about basic income, a Toronto-based CEO and co-founder of C4Media which produces InfoQ.com and the QCon conferences. Marinescu is also an angel investor, author, and humanitarian.
Benns: Tell me a little about your early life. Where did you grow up?
Marinescu: I was born and raised in Toronto and still live here. My parents were immigrants who fled from communist Romania in the 1970s. I grew up in a fairly poor, working class family, with an atmosphere that was somewhat typical of right-wing, eastern European immigrants’ views of the ills of government control, taxes, and the police state. What I came to realize in my exploration of basic income is that it will prevent the conditions that led to communism and other revolutions like it. I think basic income reduces socialism, too, as it promotes real republican freedom as economist Guy Standing points out. You reduce the size of government programs with efficient cash transfers, and you replace government behavioral interference in the lives of the poor and instead give people the resources for greater choice, freedom, and safety.
Benns: What was the turning point for you in your acceptance of basic income as a valuable policy tool?Read more
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Mike Schmidt is the founder of Dovetale.com, a content and audience intelligence platform used by publishers and brands like Buzzfeed, L'Oreal and others. Prior, he founded Listn, a mobile music startup based in Los Angeles California before its multimillion dollar acquisition by Robert Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment. He also serves as a member of the Canadian Leadership Committee for the G20 YEA.Read more