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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 21 2013: My thoughts on Unconditional Basic Income are that thieves will attempt any justification or reclassification to steal money.

    Taxing one group of people and giving the proceeds to another just because of income disparity is just government sanctioned thievery regardless of the benefits (theoretical or otherwise).

    If, in your opinion, stealing bread to feed a starving family is acceptable, then Unconditional Basic Income is acceptable. The action of thievery still occurred however.
    • Dec 22 2013: What about calling it a penance instead for all the thievery rich inflict on the poor in so many various forms?

      (By starving them of opportunity and even means.)

      I'm not sure any kind of basic income will help this a lot, since it will always be too low to afford actual equal opportunity.
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      Dec 24 2013: As any first year law or criminology student can tell you, there is no crime without first there be a law declaring it so. Whether you call it theft or not is irrelevant. In this regard the Law has the final say.
      • Dec 29 2013: A simple reminder is that ethics is not law and vice versa.

        Slavery used to be lawful too.

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