The concept of government offering citizens a Universal Basic Income (UBI) or Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) has been around a long time, but has only ever had impermanent or trial implementations. Those short-lived basic income programs have generally had a very successful outcomes, and yet it is still felt that basic incomes are unworkable, radical ideas. It is obviously an economic issue, however, it is ultimately a question of how we value life itself, within the context of the economic world that we have created.
When the rug is pulled out from under that economic reality, as has been triggered by the CoViD-19 pandemic, the widespread need to bail out people's finances at a fundamental level suddenly throws the concept of basic incomes into a new light. There has been a lot of renewed conversation about the possibility of introduced actual permanent UBI or GBI programs in countries around the world, including the United States and Spain.
Indeed, the global pandemic has caused people to question a lot about how we live our lives and the way we value our time and resources on this planet. Many hopeful people believe that this may be an incredible opportunity to change those things for the better - but how? I have concluded that instituting a basic income is the best first step for bringing about lasting and powerful changes for any country, and I have been writing extensively on different explorations of this idea:
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