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:
My introduction to what basic incomes are all about,
how they can work, and why I think they are total game changers.
Lest We Forget
Although not specifically discussing basic incomes,
this scathing indictment of how our status quo created the CoViD-19 pandemic
makes a powerful case for why our paradigm must change. In order
to consider the solution of basic incomes, one must first grasp the scope of
the problem that they are trying to solve.
Where Do We Start?
The massive societal changes triggered by the novel
coronavirus could herald a new way of life on this planet, but that would
still be a massive challenge to swing the world's economic forces in that
direction. I present my case for why a basic income program is the most
realistic, supportable, and powerful first step towards lasting changes.
Where Does the Money Come From?
The most common response to calls for a Guaranteed
Basic Income is "Where's the money going to come from to pay for this?"
I think this may indicate a forgivable but narrow view of how the entire economy
works. I present a different perspective, using a metaphor that is more
accessible to the general public.
Left's Case Against Basic Income
Support for basic income programs comes from both
sides of the political spectrum - as does opposition. In this article,
I explore the curious arguments made by left-wing advocates against basic
income. Spoiler Alert: I think those arguments are wrong.
Environmentalist's Case Against Basic Income
One influential thinker who reversed his support for
Basic Income programs is Douglas Rushkoff. I examine his compelling
argument and dare to suggest that he might not be seeing Basic Income in the
right context. I believe his concerns are valid, but only in the
short-term. Read why I think he could be missing the pragmatic point.
My Life on GBI
A Guaranteed Basic Income does not just improve the
lives of people living hand-to-mouth. I decided to get personal and
describe the profound impact that a GBI would have on my own life, just to
help people put the impacts into context.
Some Very Relevant Links:
Basic Income Canada Network