Universal Basic Income :)
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Universal Basic Income :)

    1. Johan Nygren
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      Johan Nygren

      Stockholm, Sweden

To: Everyone :)

We are at the crescendo of human history, and it is quite obvious that the narratives that have structured our society in the 20th century are no longer working in the 21st century. Lacking a coherent narrative to make sense of the World life becomes increasingly chaotic and confusing. It sounds cliché and it is, but this decade is the most important in human history because there is so much at stake. For us to make the needed transition to a new society it is incumbent that a culture of openness is established such that the synergy of collective intelligence can be utilized. This of course involves lowering the barriers that have been put in place to maintain a hierarchical society. Governments which pass austerity measures onto their citizenry are not progressive, when people are denied a livable future, they will rightfully revolt.

 To give everyone an equal chance in life, we need to level the playing field in terms of the ownership of assets. This is also especially important given the long-term impact of technological unemployment which excludes people from contributing to society and threatens social stability itself. In his book “The Lights in the Tunnel”, Martin Ford argues that most routine jobs in the economy will ultimately be automated via advancing technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence. He goes on to suggest that without a basic income guarantee, this will cause widespread unemployment and a drastic decline in consumer demand and confidence.

A common objection to such a proposal of entitlement is that people would have no motivation to work. If money was no longer an issue what would you do? Sit around doing nothing with your life waiting to die, or would you want to find something meaningful to do with your time and skills? Much of the lazy work ethic that people have today is a direct result of doing a job that they don’t care for. 

The goal of the future economy is not to provide “jobs” as most politicians seem to think. This type of thinking is a reification of the infinite growth paradigm they are trying to prop up. New jobs can only be created by producing more private goods and services, that is not what we need because it ultimately encloses the commons ever more and pushes us ever further towards ecological catastrophe. That said, whilst there may be a shortage of jobs, there is no shortage of work to be done. There are communities to rebuild, students to teach, forests to replant, rivers to clean, homeless to feed and so on.

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TED talk: Robots and Automation

HoloplexMedias Netonomy 

RSA: Why Creativity is the New Economy

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    • Florence Johansen SAKSKOEBING, DENMARK
      • 10 months ago

      It is every persons birth right to be insured a decent standard of living.

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    • Firas Hermez AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 11 months ago

      With the increased adoption of technology and automation there will no longer be a need to employ as many people as we need today.

      As a result there will be a growing portion of the population that will be negatively affected financially, at the same time more and more wealth will be concentrated in the hands of a fewer and fewer portion of the population.

      A Basic Income system will help in ensuring that a fair portion of the population (ideally everyone) will remain above the poverty line, it will also help in supporting those who work in jobs where they don't get paid (e.g. full time parents), in addition a Basic Income system will help alleviate some financial pressure off those who wish to invest a portion of their time to pursue entrepreneurial projects (we need more and more of these people in my opinion).

      Ultimately , a Basic Income system will help in improving the quality of life for everyone on the planet.

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    • frances micklem KILKENNY, IRELAND
      • about 1 year ago

      It will allow everyone to do what they do best individually, to support the rise in consciousness.

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      • about 1 year ago

      Take your ID card and sign it! it's official! https://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/REQ-ECI-2012-000028/public

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    • Susie Bolden AUSTELL, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      A basic income, say $10,000 would free a number of people from looking for jobs that does not exist; these same people could bring a lot of creativity to our society and make this country a better place in which to live.

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