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  • That is sharing the resources of the Earth!

    Without sharing and/or some has too many while some die from hunger there will never be peace on Earth ! Let's think big ! And start sharing everything wisely . All the nations of the world had already seen enough tragedies ...
    WE URGENTLY NEED PEACE FOR ALL THE WORLD ! PLEASE ...!

  • It can be done.

    With more free time and less stress, a lot more people would graduate, so humanity could progress faster. If someone wanted more money to pay his car or big house, he would work dirty job for high salary, and he would get what he want. Economy wouldnt be destroyed because people would have money to buy things. We would pay Basic income from taxing luxury, luxurious thing = slightly higher tax. With Basic income, also, there would be less crime because people would not find themselfs in situation where they have no choice. Also, becasue less poverty there would be less drug addicts etc. All i say is that i thinked about this idea a lot, I attacked it from all sides, and idea kept standing. It is a good and doneable idea. Sorry for my bad English.

  • Basic Income will solve many socioeconomic problems

    We are no shifting towards a service based, technologically driven society and there are many people that do not possess the skills and knowledge required to get a job in the emerging market. Why should these people be left to suffer and not be able to contribute? By have a basic income this will allow those who are stuck in menial full time jobs to be able to reduce their work to part-time and study what they want to in order to upskill and be able to develop a career that will enable them to have a job for life, not just the next 12 mths. It will also assist with the health of people, who by reducing their work hours will actually have time to prepare nourishing meals instead of grabbing fast food on the way home. Parents will be able to spend more time with their children, hence there will be more emotionally stable and happier individuals in the world. The benefits clearly outweigh the negatives. People who are against this motion state that people will take advantage and stop working. This is not true, the amount that is paid would be enough for a for a very modest lifestyle, however many people will continue to work because they are used to a certain lifestyle and the basic income will not be enough to sustain this.

  • Its a human right, not a hand-out.

    It's a safety net for all; no bias, no judgement, and an acknowledgement of humanity. We should have a right not to starve or be homeless. To all the nay-sayers, think about the "utopian" right you already have; not going to debtor's prison. We no longer have debtors prisons and I don't hear anybody saying we should bring them back, despite debt being nearly inevitable for any kind of upwards mobility, job-wise. Surely if people fall into debt it's their own fault? Or maybe debt, like poverty, is a result of a myriad of circumstances?
    Additionally, a universal safety would ENCOURAGE work, especially innovation and business. Sometimes allowing people to fail will actually encourage more to succeed.
    Finally, SO WHAT IF SOME PEOPLE STOP WORKING? Isn't that what freedom is all about? Shouldn't that be a person's individual choice instead of being forced to be a wage slave his whole life? THERE AREN'T ENOUGH JOBS TO GO AROUND, and jobs are going away mostly due to automation. Shouldn't the people who actually WANT to work be allowed the opportunity over the people who don't?

  • Of course, it should.

    There can be no doubt that means-tested welfare only helps those who qualify and not necessarily those who need it most. Survival should never be contingent on satisfying a checklist made up by some beaurocrat whose job it is to determine whether or not you tried hard enough to be exploited by the owner of capital.

    There are so many positives that come from a guaranteed income both quantifiable and not. Guaranteed income reduces stress and anxiety associated with income insecurity. It allows for innovation through entrepreneurship. It reduces crime, homelessness, and the number of children growing up in poverty. Perhaps, most importantly it allows for people to choose when they retire.

    How on earth does it constitute a handout to the undeserving if nobody is exempted from receiving it? Suddenly, not only those who aren't working receiving welfare but everyone is.

    Much like universal healthcare and universal education so too will basic income become the right for all citizens.

  • Wealth created naturally should be shared by all

    Much of total existing wealth was not created by people, but by nature (or god, if you prefer). The land, water, air, as well as some things of value in our present technological society such as the electromagnetic spectrum. There should be rent charged for those who use more than their fair share of any of these products of nature, with the rent distributed equally among all people. That is simple, and should be self-evident.
    In addition, much of the wealth created by people reasonably should be shared by all, such as most if not all the wealth produced by past generations now dead and gone. Where to draw the line as we move into the present of who deserves what might be sticky, but the basic principle remains.

  • Basic Income Should be a human right.

    Basic income is a sum of money given to every person in a community. It will eliminate poverty, create a safety net for those who lose their jobs and gives people the ability to say no to a lifestyle or job they dont like. It should ideally be set at a point where people can live in reasonable conditions without having to rely on a job.The basic income should be only enough for people to buy food and live with a roof over their head. It’s necessary to implement because of the rise of inequality, poverty and the increasing automation of jobs.

    The cost of a basic income is very large e.G for a population of 3 million at $15000 per year per person is 45 billion dollars per year. This will be funded primarily through an increase in taxation and abolishment of old poverty support systems but should overall keep wages for everyone the same. The reason is because jobs will pay less due to employers having to pay higher taxes but the difference will be negated by the basic income. Having a basic income will not cause too much inflation because more money is not being introduced, it is just being redistributed and more goods will not be purchased because only the people in poverty will have an increase in spending.

    Some say that with a basic income no one will want to work but this is not true. There is so much work being done in the world that is not paid at all for example housework, volunteering, going to the supermarket, looking after family, research, creative projects like art, music etc yet people do it anyway. Secondly the vast majority of people are also not satisfied with just food and a roof over their head either and that’s all the basic income will provide for.

    Some say that if people don’t have a job then they don’t deserve to eat, this is an old ideology based on the idea that we have limited resources. Times have changed and as of now with current technology it’s very easy to feed and house every person on this planet. The number of people who actually want to sit down and do nothing with their life are very few and giving everyone what they need to survive will vastly outweigh the costs of supporting these people.

  • The meek shall inherit the earth

    Kings collect rent. Everyone else works in whatever fashion they are able, or allowed, or compelled to, providing whatever portion of wealth deemed appropriate by the king, to the king.

    We are at a time when people, actual humans, are still trying to wrest the ownership of this planet from kings. Major strides have been made toward that end, but the best accomplishment so far seems to be a transfer from kings to governments, which is of little value to the majority of people.

    Market capitalism can provide prosperity for all, but there appears to be some structural or functional problem with the current world economy preventing the manifestation of that vision.
    A market system can only function when all people can freely participate.
    All people can freely participate only if they are enfranchised.
    Enfranchisement in a free market requires secure capital.

    So, if this planet and its resources are assumed to be the property of all its inhabitants, and we agree that the planet has value, we can use this value as basis for an international fiat currency, to be evenly distributed to each, and secured by the various states in permanent local trust accounts providing a regular dividend.

    This arrangement places the states in debt to the people for the use of their capital, the people invested in society and securely enfranchised in the economic system.

    The human interaction would be to claim ones share, sign a social contract, and deposit the share in a secure account.

    The challenge for the various states and economic system as a whole is finding adequate secure investments. That should be possible, since if individuals were able to get secure loans of 1/4 or so of their share for homes, farms or secure interests in their place of employment, they would still have half of their income left while providing up to half of the required cash flow.

    The best case the international currency provides a sustained level of spending on basic human needs worldwide, allowing the market to respond to those needs, while simultaneously stabilizing world markets and assuring full employment availability along with all those benefits expected from a basic income. This long needed economic utility can provide a basic income without anyone's taxes supporting lay-abouts and drug addicts.

    Nothing much really has to change, only everything would, a little.
    What would this say to our children?
    When you grow up, you will take your place in society on your own terms, and if you should fail, we will catch you, and help you start again.

    This is how the meek inherit the earth. Make no mistake, the people running things will more than likely continue running things, that is how they see themselves, and they are a persistent group. The meek however, will be armed to combat the most debilitating coercions this society, this life, currently manifests, with the most effective weapon known to man, wealth.

  • Our economy is increasingly larger and more productive thanks to innovation and automation.

    This means that we have material abundance but a vast pool of people "the precariat" can not access that wealth. More automation and more efficiency is a good thing which means the total wealth the "pie" is growing rapidly. We should celebrate this fact and encourage and enable our fellow citizens to share in this abundance. A basic minimum income is a way for all citizens to share in the wealth of their countries.

  • Efficient Liberty Promotion

    A Basic Income is cheap to administer. It will increase the capacity of workers to choose their jobs. It will stimulate markets where other policies fail to reach. I can be funded with a tax on pollution, combined with a progressive measure like the "Robin Hood Tax" or just a hike in income tax over a high amount. Jobs are disappearing even though wealth and tech are growing and just we need to issue everyone a share. Visit https://www.Facebook.Com/pages/US-Basic-Income-Guarantee-Network/206792926015200?Ref=hl

  • "If a Man Shall not Work, Neither Shall he Eat."

    The opportunity for work should be provided for everyone. I have no problem with people doing volunteer work for a basic income (this would be a great way to do welfare/unemployment!). However, food and other basic necessities require other people to work and produce them, so why should someone who does not work freely reap the benefits of their labor? It's a slap in the face to the people who work for a living.

  • No

    It is not a right to have a basic income. You have to earn your money that your make. No one should just give you your money. There are way too many people that are looking for a free ride these days. They would appreciate it more if they earned the money

  • Socialist garbage

    No human has a right to money. The entire basis of wealth is the exchanging of commodities: you offer someone your skills, expertise, and time, and they WILLINGLY offer you their own money in return, with which you can purchase food, pay for your home, support your family, etc. Saying that everyone has a fundamental right to earn money is a violation of basic freedom; no one should be forced to pay for someone they owe nothing to.

  • Basic Income Should Not Be A Right

    Basic income should not be a human right at all. People should work hard for their money and earn the things that they deserve. It'd be tremendously unfair for the working class for basic income to be a human right. While I agree that everyone should have the opportunity to make money, it shouldn't just be handed out to them.

  • Human Rights and Income

    Having access to work should be a human right, getting free money for not working, shouldn't be provided for all humans. If everyone could receive income as a basic right there would be little motivation to do better, and work harder in society.Programs like welfare and unemployment should be temporary programs to offer assistance, not as a fixed solution to providing income to individuals.

  • No, charity should help the poor.

    No, a basic income should not a human right, because an income cannot be created by the government. The government can only take what someone else has made. It is unfair to make one person pay for another, simply by virtue of that person being born. Rather, a person who needs clothing or rent or food should find a charity willing to provide it.


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