The book l’m reading; ‘Utopia for Realists’ explains how a universal income would actually boost economies and lift many people out of the poverty trap, giving examples of how experiments in this have worked.
President Nixon was about to approve such a program, but was talked out of it by false arguments and dodgy data. Sadly few are willing to take that step now, but it will eventually come out of necessity.
But did the book touch on the fact that people on universal incomes will NEVER ever TRY to be the best they can be? How can any society get better and better and better over time if there's no reason for individuals to better themselves? Our countries became as great as they did because rewards were proportionate to the work we put in. We worked hard, educated ourselves and took risks. Ever since social programs took a foothold in the USA and the more social welfare programs that have been added since, citizens have taken it as an excuse to not try harder in life more and more. They do as little as possible to get by, if anything at all, and use the system to make up the difference to support the lifestyle they're accustomed to. Sorry, but people just get lazier and lazier as time goes by.
As I grew up in one of America's oldest cities, one thing I've observed about people who use the system and get things handed to them is that they simply don't appreciate it. I've witnessed Philadelphia have neighborhoods revitalized, only to be looted and trashed out again within 6 months, only for the residents to complain of how they live in such a shitty place. I've seen the programs increase benefits from food, housing and public transport and yet the neighborhoods and citizens have not done better, only gotten worse. They don't want to. Simply giving people something doesn't work. Nothing is appreciated unless it's earned. And that's the best reason to never have a universal income.
The divisions of income are necessary to give people a reason to want to do better for themselves and their families. Without that reward, everyone would eventually live in poverty.
Right now it really pisses me off that the corona bullshit has prompted the government to appease the lazy and irresponsible masses by rewarding them with more money than they were making before they shut everything down. Why the fuck would they want to go back to work to make less than they do sitting on their asses? In the meantime I took a 23% pay cut and never stopped working five 10s. I guess that's what I get for being a responsible adult.
Yes it goes into these aspects of human psychology, but l think it was written before this Pandemic.
The main issue is that in future there may simply be less work available for a large sector of society, and that the disproportionate separations and inequality of wealth actually inhibits growth and a healthy economy.
I couldn’t argue with the above as l am no economist, but there are plenty of examples of how wrong economists can be.
There are some interesting arguments and examples of experiments from around the world. One being that development aid has not been proven to be as effective as just giving cash handouts to the people and that 85% of aid doesn’t go to where it was intended. The other point is that paying the people is cheaper than administering social security, services, and legal systems. Of course It would also help if we removed the needless bullshit jobs that require an underclass of unfortunates to exist to justify those departments. All l can say is read the book and see what you think.
I worked with a chap from Africa whose father was pretty high up in government in his home country. He is a really nice chap with language and manners that put many of us to shame. To his credit he is now a company partner and director here. He also talks to underprivileged youths here to encourage them to grasp the education opportunities they have here in England and to understand how tough it is for youngsters less privileged than himself in his own country.
On another subject, which Reg Hunter could probably turn into a good joke. Am l being racist? I just discovered today that David Lammey is a black man!
I had previously only heard him talking on LBC radio here and l took an instant dislike to him. Maybe that’s not being racist as l have been visualising him as a white man for nearly a year now!