A basic income can prevent a temporary moment of need from becoming a long-term crisis.
Unconditional basic income is based on the idea that every citizen has a right to the basic material necessities of life, including health care and education, and every citizen also has a duty to share in the responsibilities of the community, city, nation and planet, and to contribute in some form to the overall well-being.
If poverty is an epidemic with consequences for all of society, does universal basic income start to look more like a vaccination?
We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.
What’s wrong with today’s social welfare state is that I have to ask for help when I’ve worked my entire life. A basic income promises more dignity and would also support companies.
If you give poor people a chance to build their own lives with some base, they will do a better job than micromanaging pettifogging bureaucrats on their behalf.
We will have no choice but to look at innovative new solutions such as Basic Income as AI advances.
I support a more robust social safety net than what we currently have. If that includes unconditional basic income, I’m good with that. Compassion and real help for people at risk is what matters to me.
Idea: what if we established universal basic income first, before putting people out of a job with robot vehicles?
That’s why I talk about basic income as well, that there has to be a stronger social safety net because when people don’t have options, they’re going to make bad choices. Let’s have better choices on the table.
Universal basic income may be an idea whose time has finally come.