Amphiist 22: Guaranteed basic income

· Philosophy, Politics

There are many sides fighting to influence our world view

We need to listen to all of them (free speech)

Including what the mainstream media refuses to cover

The rest of us are entitled to our perspectives:

Shia Muslims, men’s right activists, socialists, etc.

Amphiist is a Greek word meaning looking at both sides

Amphiist (22)

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January 10, 2018                                Today in the...

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Mainstream media perspective

The media is championing a guaranteed basic wage. Business Insider has an article by Chris Weller, which describes Mark Zuckerberg as doubling down on the issue. He asserts that a universal guaranteed income can lift people out of poverty and take care of their immediate needs. Also, many experts such as Elon Musk believe that artificial intelligence in the form of robots will displace millions of workers. The basic guaranteed dividend would help curtail the catastrophic consequences of such a future. Ben Chapman, writing for the Independent in Britain, quotes Richard Branson as saying that the idea would encourage entrepreneurship.

 

(Turn page over for another perspective)

The Other Side

An example of this entrepreneurship could be the creation of new social media platforms which solve the problem of censorship that is plaguing groups like the alt right on Twitter. If people know they have enough money for food, rent and clothing, can encourage them to take a year or so to implement a new idea that will act for the betterment of society. On the other hand, some people will take advantage of being able to do no work at all and still receiving a minimum wage, regardless of their inactivity. This could substantially have an impact on productivity. It could also weaken the moral fibre of recipients of what some refer to as a handout. There is a joy in working hard and receiving commensurate wages. However, for the differently abled, such a basic wage that is guaranteed could be life-changing. Homelessness would lessen. Or would it? There are many who become homeless through no fault of their own, while there are others who voluntarily pursue such a fate, because they are extremely uncomfortable with the notion of responsibility. From an alt right perspective, a guaranteed basic income worldwide would cut down on the number of people who would want to immigrate to the United States. This could reduce some of the tension that is currently taking place between nationalists and globalists.

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