Socialist Utopia A City in Brazil Experiments with the Unconditional Basic Income

Like an island surrounded by the Brazil of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, the city of Maricá is testing a leftist totem: the unconditional basic income. It has proven its worth in the corona crisis.
By Jens Glüsing in Maricá, Brazil
A vaccination team in Maricá

A vaccination team in Maricá

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DER SPIEGEL 20/2021
SPIEGEL International
Cashier Marques Ferreira (r.) with her two children, her mother and two nieces

Cashier Marques Ferreira (r.) with her two children, her mother and two nieces

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Washington Quaquá: "For us, Cuba is a source of romantic inspiration."

Washington Quaquá: "For us, Cuba is a source of romantic inspiration."

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Mayor Fabiano Horta (r.): "We erected a wall of social protection around the population.”

Mayor Fabiano Horta (r.): "We erected a wall of social protection around the population.”

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"We thought: What a crazy idea!"

Delfim Moreira, president of the trade association in Maricá

City health authorities opened their own laboratory for test analysis and sent employees to people’s homes to test them.
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