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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.


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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 31 2013: It would be interesting to see what happens if Switzerland approves this, will many other countries follow sue? This can be like some kind of experiment, just like what Uruguay is doing by selling Marihuana legally in pharmacies to put an end on drug trafficking, if it succeed other countries will do the same.
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      Dec 31 2013: If it passes in Switzerland (and all goes well as I think it would) at would most definitely be a very big argument for UBI. People could just point their finger and say "well, look at them, they're rich and all has gone well".

      I'm really for what Uruguay is doing, they have some pretty awesome leadership there. The president is the poorest president of the world, earning $12'000 monthly and he donates 90% of that to charities and small businesses.

      However I'm really scared that they'll have a(nother CIA funded) rebellion, as many of these socialistic south american countries have in the past...

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covert_United_States_foreign_regime_change_actions
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      Dec 31 2013: If the nation is democracy - a real democracy - and the people demand a UBI then they will should get a UBI. In other words, in a functional democracy the will of the people becomes the objective of the state. Something U.S. and Canadian citizens have not grasped yet preferring, instead, to go along with whatever pinhead agendas their governments foist upon them.

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