Putting together the need to get rid of redistribution profiteers, and that to adapt to new structural unemployment realities, the Universal Basic Income I propose applies to all citizens of legal working age, and who have not retired and are being benefited from pensions or other similar schemes.
In other words, the needs of children and the needs of retired seniors should be satisfied, but not by means of a Universal Basic Income. To do so would cause useless confusion about UBI's goals.
UBI is to help you get out of bed, not to finance you staying in bed.
A raise in the minimum wage is raising the bar so that fewer can make the jump for a job. A Universal Basic Income is giving everyone a step stool to help to reach up to a job.
Now, who would be against a Universal Basic Income?
And indeed, even though I am convinced UBI is possibly the most intelligent way to confront current societal challenges, like robots and other similar automation substituting for human work, I am also convinced that if a UBI program is not developed with utter care, discipline and love; and kept solely as a citizen to citizen, and as a this generation to the next generation affair, then it could result in a lot of bad.
What is my biggest real concern with UBI? The politicians’ “Vote for me cause I will give you the highest UBI”
In order to stop politicians and redistribution profiteers meddling with UBI for their own small reasons, there might be a need of a Constitutional Amendment to set up the mechanism and the parameters.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Universal Basic Income is better for preventing a social commotion than for curing it.
Canada (home of my grandchildren), please implement the system; start with a low amount perhaps only $100 per month perhaps mostly funded with carbon tax revenues, regressive sin-taxes and sales taxes, and take it from there.
PS. To establish and enforce any lien on a Universal Basic Income (UBI) would of course have to be criminalized.
PS. Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook and Google could start to partially fund a UBI for me, by paying me for exploiting my preferences
Friends, if we want to stop that capitalism that wants to benefit, fast and easy, by engaging in that crony statism that centralizing too much resources always brings, and want instead our societal productivity to be fairly redistributed through more efficient free markets, then we must have an unconditional Universal Basic Income.