Could a basic income for all transform our society for the better?

What would you do differently if you were guaranteed a minimum income every week, regardless of how you choose to spend your time?

Spend more time caring for – or just with – your children? Learn a new skill? Start your own business?

 

Recent support, and further exploration, of the Basic Income has come from the Royal Society of the Arts, the think tank Compass, the ‘innovation charity’ Nesta and even the French Ministry of Labour, whilst in Finland they are set to launch a pilot project testing the theory.

 

Full article: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/if-everyone-was-given-a-basic-income-it-would-probably-cost-less-than-camerons-means-testing-for-a6814701.html

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2 thoughts on “Could a basic income for all transform our society for the better?

  1. Reblogged this on A home for a fashion anthropologist and commented:
    As an anthropologist in Norway I think this debate is very important. Finland is testing this idea as I write I write this. I have a few questions for you my beloved readers.

    What would you do if you were given “free ” cash”?

    Would you still work the same amount of hours?

    Do you think everyone should get this?
    Do you see anything negative with this?

    Answer the questions in your mind and feel free to share your comment on this post.

    1. Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. But I believe that there should be ‘universal income. As technology progresses and robots take over some jobs, there will be more much free time. I also don’t agree with the traditional amount of hours seen as the norm. Its working smarter not longer. I for one only want to work 3-4 days per week maximum. In regards to the negative impact this might have on citizens of the world, of course it is true that some who have the ‘benefit mentality’ will continue to live a non- proactive life. But for some of us having the freedom from the shackles of mundane work to pay the bills, will free us up for brilliance. There are so many ideas I would like to start developing, in the cross pollination of the field of fashion, science, technology and the environment. How is the UI working in Norway?

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