We have to figure this out. Guaranteed basic income might or might not be the way to go, but something will have to replace "work" as the default mechanism by which people are permitted to attain a reasonable minimum quality of life. When automation creates 30% structural unemployment (personally, I think that will be a floor), there's no way today's approach to Western society can survive. There will be massive, violent upheaval, and we have to figure out how to avoid that before it gets that far. And I somehow doubt that massive population reductions are going to be on the table.
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- we really ought to look at what Finland's currently doing.30w
- The time is fast approaching for the critical mass of accepting the need for Resource Based Economy. google it.30w
- Brad D+2This experiment sounds interesting, though I think we would need to do one in the US before anyone here would be convinced of anything. All the people who decry that a universal income will only create laziness I think underestimate how greed works. Enough is never enough, and even if someone's basic needs are guaranteed to be met, they are always going to want more and better things for themselves and their family. I think this is demonstrated quite well in how many of these people either have or plan to use their income to start a business and make more income.30w
- It is ironic how the very same people who claim that our inherent greed is what makes capitalism work also claim that same greed somehow evaporates in the presence of social welfare.30w
- I feel that potentially it would be a great thing for people. (universal income.)
perhaps (how I would react) some would pursue interests which they'd
not had time for previously; art or music.
then there are also those who might wish to embark on an education in a field that they'd always wanted to pursue.
would love to hear from an old friend who'd moved back to Finland some years ago. he was a musician but also
wrote and did film making/ photography.30w