Universal Basic Income

Ask yourself this: what kind of world will we live in when robots and computers can do the vast majority of the labor? What will happen to the hordes of unemployed? Will the 1% simply use all the tools of violence under their control to subdue populations to live like vermin? Or will we wake up and realize that the current economic model based on markets and usury is unsustainable and will, by necessity, have to be replaced with something that actually works for everyone?

One such concept finding increasing acceptance within academic and political circles as a result of pilot studies that show the benefits is the Universal and unconditional basic income: a monetary allowance that every human being would receive just because they were born.

Its proponents support it from several directions: UBI would eliminate poverty and it would create a more equitable society for all; but more importantly it would lead the population to embrace and welcome technological advances in order to free up human beings to do what they really want to do. In a world with a UBI, human beings could be assured of a dignified life while also able to look after their loved ones; while being able to continue their education and training to do more exciting and better remunerated work; while being able to dedicate themselves to their art and creativity; while being able to dedicate their time to voluntary work with no other purpose than to help other people and the community they live in. Women would be free to escape from violent and exploitative relationships; and interestingly UBI would free up time so that every human being could truly develop their spiritual aspect and ask themselves the profound questions: “Who am I?” and “Where am I going?”

But in order to make a UBI a reality, we will have to overturn a whole host of misconceptions about the meaning and value of paid work and our roles in society…