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e-Salon: Guy Standing

The coronavirus slump: Goodbye rentier capitalism, hello basic income?

About a decade ago Guy Standing popularised a new concept: ‘the Precariat'.

To cut a long story short, he argues that the 20th-century income distribution system allocating income to both labour and capital has broken down, irretrievably. The inevitable post-COVID slump offers an opportunity to bring an end to rentier capitalism and introduce a basic income. Is this the way forward? Come and discuss ideas and solutions with us.


A relaxed e-salon: An evening of intelligent talk and discussion.


  • 6:30 Doors open
  • 7:00 Talk by Guy Standing
  • 7.20 Response by Esther Lynch
  • 7:30 Table discussion
  • 7:50 Floor Discussion
  • 8:30 Event ends


Guy Standing is an outspoken economist, whose studies concentrate on the global socio-economic processes, and precarization in particular. Standing is one of the main advocates of unconditional basic income (a sum of money paid to every citizen regardless of their social and labor status). He is the author of the book The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class.


  • Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth (2019) 
  • Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen (2017)
  • The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay (2016)
  • The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011)



25 May 2020


  • Tickets: Suggested donation of €20-€25
  • Location: online (details sent on registration)

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