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This is a good introductory video to share with friends new to the idea of a UBI.
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I've heard a lot of discussion about Universal Basic Income and Job Guarantees of late. Some of it seems like a good idea, but I've also seen some very thoughtful critiques (from both the Left and the Right) which have convinced me that neither is quite what we're looking for.

I spent some of a lazy Sunday evening thinking about this some more, where these ideas succeed and fail, and what some of the building blocks of a better solution might look like. Here's where I am right now — and I should warn you that far from being a perfect answer, these are preliminary thoughts, still uncertain and subject to much revision as we continue to discuss.
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Money is fundamental for empowering the poor (duh) and bridging our racial-economic divide. Imagine the transformative, social healing potential of a Basic Income.
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On this International Workers' Day, let's salute the labor movement that brought us the weekend and the 8-hour workday.

And now our society is so wealthy and productive, it's high time for "more hours for what we will." It's time for a #BasicIncome.

http://www.pbs.org/livelyhood/workday/weekend/8hourday.html
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I am reading Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now, a book I recommend. It is arguing very pervasively that, as much as we have legitimate grievances with the state of our societies today, a historical analysis shows that human welfare has been measurably improving, sometimes dramatically rapidly, sometimes more slowly. I'll have more thoughts to share when I finish it, but I did want to point out a mention of #basicincome:

"The next step in the historic trend toward greater social spending may be a universal basic income (or its close relative, a negative income tax). The idea has been bruited for decades, and its day may be coming. 68 Despite its socialist aroma, the idea has been championed by economists (such as Milton Friedman), politicians (such as Richard Nixon), and states (such as Alaska) that are associated with the political right, and today analysts across the political spectrum are toying with it. Though implementing a universal basic income is far from easy (the numbers have to add up, and incentives for education, work, and risk-taking have to be maintained), its promise cannot be ignored. It could rationalize the kludgy patchwork of the hidden welfare state, and it could turn the slow-motion disaster of robots replacing workers into a horn of plenty. Many of the jobs that robots will take over are jobs that people don’t particularly enjoy, and the dividend in productivity, safety, and leisure could be a boon to humanity as long as it is widely shared. The specter of anomie and meaninglessness is probably exaggerated (according to studies of regions that have experimented with a guaranteed income), and it could be met with public jobs that markets won’t support and robots can’t do, or with new opportunities in meaningful volunteering and other forms of effective altruism. 69 The net effect might be to reduce inequality, but that would be a side effect of raising everyone’s standard of living, particularly that of the economically vulnerable."

Google books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=J6grDwAAQBAJ

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Enlightenment-Now-Science-Humanism-Progress/dp/0525427570/
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