Basic Income

All the reasons given for a Basic Income are valid, we do need to ensure the safety of every citizen, and free our creativity, and move to a world where technology can be embraced. But money cannot and will not provide social safety.

The the reason why Basic Income won’t work is that it is not human nature. While a Basic/Universal/Citizen Income (BI) looks and feels like a good idea at first, it is Universal Services that deliver all of the benefits attributed to BI.

Universal Services:

  • Reduce the cost of a basic LIFE to almost zero
  • Differentiate, supporting those with greater needs
  • Enable “green” investment
  • Politically acceptable to all

BI, as proposed by individually-orientated people, is expected to substitute for mutual social responsibility. It is often presented as freeing the individual, but what it aims to do is excuse our social responsibility.

JRF-UBI-20180427BI, as proposed by socially-orientated people, ignores the nature of economic activity, motivation and budgeting. To provide safety and affordability the BI offer ends up as “Higher taxes, so we can add a little more cash to the welfare benefits system”. Many who support BI also support magic money, recognising that you cannot have one without the other… BI is a dead end.

Go here to understand the reason why BI is NOT aligned with human nature.

Or, if you think you have all the arguments for a BI then please consider the following reports and literature:

If you were attracted by the idea of a BI, it’s time to change your allegiance to and idea that can and will work: Universal Basic Services.

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