Universal Basic Income and the New Economy
Universal Basic Income could radically transform our culture for the better. Now, before you jump into the thought process of "How will we pay for it?" or "What about people who don't want to work?" or whatever else, let's ask ourselves:
What new creative possibilities could arise if everyone in our country didn't feel imprisoned by their job?
Artists create things of beauty. They inspire others in ways we can't predict. They touch into parts of our humanity that you can't put a price on. So you don't. And they don't get paid.
But what if they did?
Programmers build software for a living. But sometimes (well, a lot of the time) they build it because they just want to be of benefit to others. Much of what runs on Unix, Linux, Mac OS is based on that free effort. What if we could give every programmer an extra couple hours a week that they didn't have to feel like they were earning a living? What might they create for us?
In a sense, the UBI is an investment in us. In our endless potential for creativity. It's a way to unlock what is kept frozen by wage slavery. To give us just a bit more space. Without feeling like we're just supporting "The Man." Instead, we're supporting our fellow humankind.
To work 30 hours instead of 40, and then use our UBI to make up the rest, and use that time to be with family (which is an investment in their future), or fool around with some new crypto tech and maybe stumble across something useful.
To figure out what to do if you're between jobs, without needing to feel like you need to check in every week to prove you deserve that unemployment money.
To live simply, off-grid, and not really get in anyone's way. But also not afraid of how to get our next meal.
All of these things are possible.
And I want to see what might happen if we try it.
And, of course, Andrew Yang is running for president on this very idea as his main platform. You should check him out!