Debating Society




Universal Basic Income, utopian or pragmatic?

According to Gaspard Koenig, the Universal Basic Income is not a utopia. Quite the opposite, it is about giving everybody the minimum of autonomy required to determine his or her own lives. Financed with a Negative Income Tax, Koenig’s vision for a Universal Basic Income works on the opposite dynamics to the traditional centralised welfare state. It promotes a culture of experimentation where social innovation would come from the base.

 About the speaker:

Gaspard Koenig runs the classical liberal think-tank GenerationLibre, which he created in 2013 and which has been ranked among the Top European Think Tanks in the 2017 Global Go-To Report. Prior to that, Gaspard worked as a speechwriter for the Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, and as a strategy adviser at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. He is a published author of novels and essays, and a columnist for various newspapers – including Les Echos or Le Point. He is also teaching philosophy at Sciences-Po University and is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure.

About the Persuaders:

Founded by Alban James and Radiah Ford (née Binns), the Persuaders is the Home House Debating Salon.  Swanky and politically incorrect, it offers members and their guests the opportunity to directly engage with thought leaders from politics, the media or the arts, in heated and purposely-chaotic discussions.

Held under the Chatham House Rule

Cost: £5 member, £10 guest (all monies to our charity, The Marylebone Project)

Time/Location: 7.30pm, House Lounge

Due to the popularity of our events, we are unable to offer refunds.