Universal basic incomeWatch
My second concern re: UBI is that over time much like our current welfare state it will be eroded over time, I have spoken to other UBI advocates about this in the past and been told its our responsibility to protect it and fight to keep it from being eroded, witch if I'm honest dosent fill me with confidence because we haven't done a good job protecting our current welfare system witch was once a fair and generous system witch they chipped away at over generations leading to where we are now and gave us Universal credit, witch is causing untold misery all across the UK with there heavy handed approach to sanctions and attempts to seize control of peoples lives with unrealistic demands of 35 hour a week work search requirements as well as demands to do unpaid work experience.
Our ancestors could breath unpolluted air and drink unspoiled water, hunt or gather their own food and create their own housing. Civilised humans can do none of those things, that's human progress!
I have an allotment in my front garden. Do you have any idea how much land, time and skill one needs to be self sufficient? And then you would need to learn skills in house building. When would you have time for that when you are farming. Then cooking and processing skills? How would you have time to make your tools?
The latter is one I can relate to as someone who spent the better part of a year on welfare when I was living alone and was unskilled in any field and could only apply for minimum wage jobs.
With travel expenses and lunches ect on top of the regular living expenses such as rent and council tax I was actually worse off than I was on welfare at the time and it prevented me applying for most jobs.
If the primary reason for needing a UBI is automation in the work place and these businesses are making more money and contributing less to society due to automation then I think its only sensible those business owners pay tax on the machines equivalent to the labour they replace.
I allso think the state should offer grants to businesses to help kick start automation in more fields if these business owners cant aford the cost on there own but can show a good plan/business model to justify why automation would be profitable for both buisnes owner and state.
I see allot of fear centerd around automation in the work place these days like train ticket inspectors protesting tikket barriers for example, And rightly so as these will dissplace them from the job market and force them on to an abhorrent welfare system that demonizes the unemployed
With the automation tax and a UBI automation would be something we embrace instead of holding back technical innovation and UBI could be seen more as a dividend of a successful economy.
While I'm not an outspoken advocate for UBI I only know the arguments in a surface sort of way but this one seems to be what makes the most sense to me.