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Guaranteeing basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed, ensures their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way; prevents poverty, illness, homelessness, reduces crime, and encourages improving skills.
The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time.
And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!
Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.
Nobody would be forced to stay with people they hate because they couldn’t afford to move out.
TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.
They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and young adults worked substantially less hours.
But wait, there’s more. Crime rates, hospital trips, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.
Basically, now you can go prove to any jerks you may know that society won’t collapse without poor people.
I prefer Basics Through Taxes, but this plan might be easier for some people to swallow because of the simpler distribution. In America, the Green Party has also suggested a universal income. I’m so glad to hear that there’s so much support! :)