3 Trends Creating Demand for a Basic Income
|October 28, 2013||Posted by Staff under Social Change|
A Basic Income is when every single adult member receives a weekly payment from the state, which is enough to live comfortably on. You get it income whether or not you’re employed, any wages you earn are additional. No means testing, no signing on, no bullying young people into stacking shelves for free, no separate state pension.
People work for jobs that are available in order to increase their disposable income.
This may sound off-the-charts radical, but here’s why you’re going to be hearing a lot more about it:
1 – The Middle Classes Are In Freefall
2 – Demand For Human Labour Is In Long Term Decline
3 – Cultural Production Is Detaching From The Market
When people are locked out of the jobs market, some may sit at home all day on the couch, but many will go out into the world and produce cultural goods that they then give them away for free.
Employment doesn’t just give people an income, it also gives them an identity, status, confidence, a sense of mission, and a network of peers.
How would we pay for it? Tax people or businesses with money. Or just print money.