How Christian – and Realistic – Is Universal Basic Income in the Age of the Coronavirus?

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Currents News Staff

The coronavirus crisis has put many people around the world in a difficult financial situation, and experts are searching for a way to help. 

In an Easter Sunday message, Pope Francis suggested that now may be the time for a universal basic income. 

He describes the goal of universal basic income as “so human, and so Christian,” but is it realistic? 

What would universal basic income look like in America? Is it even possible to have it in the developing countries?

Would the world economy – including its financial institutions – perhaps be in better shape if universal basic income systems were already in place when this crisis struck? 

Joining Currents News to talk more about this option is Charles Clark, a Catholic Economist at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens.