Universal Basic Income, also called UBI.
Sounds nice, right? Everyone is paid enough for the necessities of life.
But let’s look at this from all sides.
Who decides what things are necessities of life?
Without millionaires creating or financing ideas stirring in someone's head there would be few new inventions.
Many things we consider necessitites were unavailable to the pharoahs of Egypt that built the pyramids.
Most important, do people realize they will still have to work under Universal Basic Income?
Vegetables don’t grow themselves and hamburgers don't flip themselves.
Busses don’t drive themselves.
Bicycles don’t grow new tires like fingernails do
Tampons don’t make themselves, neither does lipstick.
Neither do schoolbooks or back packs or coffee or basketballs or guitars or bullhorns.
And the feces and needles on the streets in sanctuary cities doesn't dispose of itself.
So, how will we operate?
If our nation is 90% employed, then isn’t it logical that 90% of us must keep working, to keep production even with current consumption?
Otherwise, some of what we now consider necessities will no longer be produced. Maybe shoes, maybe medicine or TVs.
The alternative to a capitalized labor force, is forced labor.
You see, Universal Basic Income opens the door to Universal Basic Workloads.
Can you see that?
If someone else is responsible for seeing our needs are met, someone else will also have the right to decide our place in 'the utopia-machine'.
And as starving artists and political candidates know full-well, other people determine the value of our work.
As the writer of this website, I think it has a solid social value, but I don't expect others to support me as I produce it.
We each need to be useful to others in a way they agree with.
I would then foresee people being place in jobs based on aptitude tests, IQ tests, or physical evaluations, or their relationship to leaders in the UBI government.
The Pelosi, Biden, and Waters kids would get first shot at the good stuff, no matter your grades.
UBI would not put everyone on equal footing. You’re unwise to believe that fantasy.
You may be the one, who like these women in the painting, are out in the fields, picking up stray kernals of grain.
But, Democratic leaderdhip facilitates fantasies, because they know the fantasies will harvest a certain number of votes for Democratic candidates.
Does that ever tire you?