Unconditional Basic Income¶
- Unconditional Basic Income¶
A decent but honest income, paid by a national government to each citizen.
A periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement.
An important long-term measure to protect us against waves of mass migration is to organize a world-wide Unconditional Basic Income.
Of course this is a controversial question for which you have proponents and opponents.
The first –and often the only– argument of opponents is that the UBI will make people lazy. They will increasingly drink coffee and alcohol, smoke Marijuana, play computer games, watch movies, surf around, chat with their friends, stay in bed, walk around, waste their time…
I agree that we don’t want people to become lazier. If this would happen, the UBI would be shooting in your knee, biting the hand that feeds you, cutting the branch you are sitting on.
But it won’t happen. First of all there’s nothing wrong with staying in bed when you are tired or ill, there’s nothing wrong with reading or watching or hearing stories that might teach you something, there’s nothing wrong with chatting with your friends and neighbours, there’s nothing wrong with doing things that don’t give you immediate benefit. As long as you love, do as you please.
Addiction is of course a challenge. Addiction means that you use or do something more often than is good for you. Addiction is caused by frustration, depression, hopelessness, and lack of education or appropriate information about the dangers. If you really believe that addiction will increase when people no longer need to worry about their basic income, then please use your ears and listen to stories about addiction.
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