This is not a games-related post, and I know many of you are allergic to this sort of content so please feel free to hide/mute this, but I think it's sort of important, so I'm posting it anyway.
So the petition for the EU to look into UBI is ending today. It's probably too late for most countries to reach the required quota of signatures, but if you're from the ones that close, it might be valuable to sign or share.
A number of points:
1. This petition is just for analyzing the issue and discussing it, not implementing it. So you don't have to worry about unintended consequences.
2. I hear a lot of people saying this is some kind of socialist pipe dream. Some of the original ideas about UBI can be traced to the austrian school of economics and "neoliberal" or "libertarian" economists. This isn't about politics, it's about quality of living.
3. "It's impossible, we don't have enough money." I can't speak for every country, but I did a quick calculation for Slovenia and if we stopped giving out state-mandated pensions, welfare/bonuses for unemployment, parenthood and "special merits" we'd have enough money to give every citizen over 15 years of age money equivalent to the minimum mandatory salary and there would be money left over.
4. "People would just stop working and everything would fall apart." Maybe. This is why looking into it is important. There have been successful experiments with giving out "free money" in the past. In general I believe the opposite, for various reasons.