Eleven good arguments for a basic income. My favorite is the human rights case for a basic income:
Poverty is not a natural tragedy like cancer or earthquakes. Poverty is a human caused tragedy like slavery or government oppression. Slavery is caused by societal recognition of humans as property. Government oppression is caused by governments punishing people for their beliefs or characteristics, and without due process of law. Poverty is caused by property laws that deny some people access to necessities.
Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments,” U.S. 9th Circuit Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in a dissent in the Arizona death penalty case of Joseph Rudolph Wood III.
But executions are, in fact, brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality.
I blog about human rights – including political and economic rights such as the right to participate in government (democracy being a subset of human rights) and the right not to suffer poverty – from the perspective of politics, art, philosophy (hence p.a.p.), law, economics, statistics, psychology etc.
So long as you have a frontier, whether national, economic, religious or social, it is an obvious fact that there cannot be peace.”
— Jiddu Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom, Relationship and Isolation, pp. 105–106
Would, say, 100 Euros per month for every person on the planet, regardless of whether they work or not, not help the world become a better place?
This question came to mind when I watched the images of destroyed Indonesian rainforest in Years of Living Dangerously.
The current level of general surveillance in society is incompatible with human rights. To recover our freedom and restore democracy, we must reduce surveillance to the point where it is possible for whistleblowers of all kinds to talk with journalists without being spotted. To do this reliably, we must reduce the surveillance capacity of the systems we use.
If whistleblowers don’t dare reveal crimes and lies, we lose the last shred of effective control over our government and institutions.