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What's your opinion on Unconditional Basic Income? (This is not Communism)

The Basic Income movement is one that is quickly gaining ground around the world. Both prominent right and left wing persons have given their support for this idea.

What's your thoughts on Basic Income, do you think it's a good idea?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_income
http://www.reddit.com/r/BasicIncome/

EDIT: I forgot to mention (in case you haven't heard) that what sprout the movement was Switzerland's proposal for basic income ($2800 monthly). http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/04/us-swiss-pay-idUSBRE9930O620131004


EDIT 2: This is NOT meant as a universal cure for all the problems of the world, things like education, politics, corruption and deceases are separate issues (even though Basic Income might help with them) if you wish to solve those issues please join or start a conversation about those. However discussing them with respect of BI is very fine and encouraged.

Please try to NOT sway too far from the topic, which is "What's your opinion on Unconditional Basic Income?". Comments to others opinions are of course free to go far from the topic, but preferably not too far.

And please try to be constructive and mature in your comments to others on this conversation.

Also please read AT LEAST the provided Wikipedia article on Basic income as it will answer many questions posted here.


Thank you for reading this explanation...(?)

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Closing Statement from Jimmy Strobl

Wow, thank you ALL for your contributions to this conversation!

There's no way that I'm going to be able to summarize what was said here.
But I do feel that people might be ready for this transition or at least they are able to be convinced that it is feasible.

Anyway, thank you all for your participation and sorry for the lack of response the last few days.

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    Dec 26 2013: It will further demotivate and stigmatize the poor of first world countries.
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      Dec 26 2013: Would you care to elaborate on how this demotivation and stigmatization would come to be?

      I believe that I've heard the demotivate argument a couple of times now but the stigmatization was a new one...
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        Dec 26 2013: Even for those of us that enjoy our work, the driving force, the reason we give up over one third of our waking adult lives, is to provide for ourselves and our loved ones. If we could enjoy the same comforts, but without the effort, why work? The stigma is both internal and external. The idea that one cannot compete, cannot succeed, cannot be independent without the help of others. And it is a zero sum game. The government has no money, and produces nothing. They can only take from one class and give to another.
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          Dec 27 2013: I disagree that the driving force should be survival, it should be to prosper and that possibility is increased for all with BI.

          In a Basic Income you can (and should) still work, why wouldn't you? You get BI + paycheck... So while you get by with BI it's not a means to really make money, for that you'd need to work. But you are not forced to work for a somewhat dignified survival.

          There's still competition, actually there would be more potential competitors and every chance for success for a lot more people.
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        Dec 27 2013: The driving force is always survival, at times, living in our comfortable homes, in our huge nations, it may not appear to be so, but collectiviely, it always is us against nature or the universe. Everything we own, every service we enjoy, the security we feel, is at the expense of someone’s labor.
        • Dec 27 2013: Brad, interesting comments but they are circular. Currently our survival is not society against nature or the universe. Quiet the opposite, we are fighting ourselves.

          Due in most part to a monentary system which does not reward the contributors to society, but rewards wealth accumulation.

          Cause and effect, we struggle to acheive wealth, to survive, because wealth is placed above life.
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          Dec 29 2013: Brad,

          You belong to a great (and powerful) minority. The things you mention are so far detached from reality for the vast majority of the worlds inhabitants.

          Except for the survival part, but you have no say in survival. Most people don't live in what you constitute as comfortable homes. Collectively it's always us against capitalism, nature does not pose a direct threat and I really don't get what you mean when you talk about us against the universe...

          Most people don't own anything. Most people don't enjoy luxury services, the services we get is the one at the supermarket, if we can afford it. Most people feel really insecure, not knowing how they would survive if they were laid off or in an accident. And it's all at the expense of the ones making money on our labor.

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