household making $58,000 a year would pay around $1,740 for Medicare. Since $58,000 is the average annual household in the USA, the average family would pay less than $2,000 for health insurance.Read more
The best way to finance Basic Income in America would be an individual income tax. That would leave the corporations which generate wealth, untouched but reduce income inequality.Read more
Fortunately, child poverty can be addressed by simply paying the basic income to everybody regardless of age. This would be a true Universal Basic Income that would help the entire family – not just the children.
Another use parents can make is to put the basic income into a bank account as a college savings. Most importantly, the money would be going to parents, not to social workers and other bureaucrats. It would be more likely to benefit the kids directly where they live.
A country should be judged on what it does for children and how it supports parents. By those standards, America is doing a terrible job. A nation that refuses to support the most important workers of all; parents in the most important job of all, parenting deserves to fail.Read more
The problem in our society is that the benefits of capitalism are not widely distributed. Tens of millions of Americans have little or no stake in our capitalist economy, and no reason to defend capitalism or expand it. Those people may not join the mob that is lynching the rich and looting their mansions, but they will not lift a finger to stop the reign of terror.
Our society is unequal because human nature dictates that those in charge of the system will rig it to capture and hoard as much of the wealth as possible for themselves.
I support basic income because it seems like the best means of eliminating the economic insecurity that is undermining our democracy and threatening capitalism’s survival. There is simply no way that capitalism can survive without an effective mechanism for wealth redistribution. Basic income might be that mechanism.Read more
• Virtual racism. Pointless feuds with specific high-profile African Americans such as LeBron James or Beyonce. This makes it look as if Trump is defending the white race. When he is doing little or nothing for or against African Americans.
• Virtual antiracism. Meaningless symbolic acts like pardoning Jack Johnson; a man who has been dead for more than 70 years. These actions are designed to prove Trump is tolerant of Negros.Read more
Basic income is conservative because it involves no force and drastic changes to individuals or their lifestyles. Most welfare programs are designed to force individuals or families to change.
The major reason why progressives and some conservatives fear basic income is that it can increase freedom. At the end of the day, basic income is about freedom.Read more
A good basic income would give people a living wage and free millions to do important work. It would affirm the value of their work, and demonstrate that money is not the only goal of work.
The worst thing about our present jobs culture is the way it undervalues people. The only values assigned to people are the job they perform, or the amount of money they make.
By basing compensation and benefits solely on “jobs” we strip individuals of their dignity.
The most interesting and disturbing aspect of imperialism is that Empires are very effective transmitters of information. Modern philosophers like Cesar A. Hidalgo attribute the success of our civilization to the increasing complexity of information.
That theory explains why empires have often endured and succeeded, they are very good at transmitting information. The tongue of the British Empire, English is now the universal language of technology, sports, commerce, law, diplomacy, popular culture, and increasingly politics. Football or soccer; the pastime of British Imperial soldiers, is now the world’s game.Read more
Future generations might look back upon the Trump administration as a time of great progress. The Donald might be a necessary part of America’s social and political evolution.
There is also a good possibility that alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein would have never been arrested; and sexual predator Bill Cosby convicted, without Trump in the White House. Perverted creeps like Matt Lauer and Bill O’Reilly would have never lost their cushy jobs if Hillary was in the White House.Read more
There are no simple solutions for mental illness but basic income would certainly eliminate some of its causes. It would certainly be a cheaper, more efficient, and more humane way of dealing with the problem than drugging people, “psychotherapy,” or forced hospitalizations.
• Basic income would stimulate the economy by putting cash in the hands of average people that would actually spend it.
• Basic income will reach groups left out of our economy including working-class women, rural whites, the mentally ill, African Americas, young people, children, and the elderly.
• Basic income can alleviate some of the causes of mental illness including the stress and anxiety produced by the modern economy.Read more