Jul 4, 2013

Unconditional Basic Income: A wow answer to class struggle.

Karl Marx wrote a lot about the struggle between the poor and the rich. He considered that as an eternal class struggle, leading to a classless society eventually. The class struggle prediction is true in modern times.
"Marx not only diagnosed capitalism’s flaws but also the outcome of those flaws. If policymakers don’t discover new methods of ensuring fair economic opportunity, the workers of the world may just unite. Marx may yet have his revenge."
"From the floor of the U.S. Congress to the streets of Athens to the assembly lines of southern China, political and economic events are being shaped by escalating tensions between capital and labor to a degree unseen since the communist revolutions of the 20th century."
“What class conflict is producing today are calls to fix systems so they become more viable and sustainable for the long run by redistributing the wealth created.” 
Read more: http://business.time.com/2013/03/25/marxs-revenge-how-class-struggle-is-shaping-the-world/#ixzz2XacA4aNN
The solution proposed by Marx was in the manifesto of the communist party. Marx's solution of a country nationalizing all capital is no longer appealing. It had been tried and it failed.

Surprisingly, the movement for an unconditional basic income / citizen income can be seen as another solution for the class struggle. It is a very surprising answer to the class struggle. Instead of a class gaining the upper hand over another class, this solution raises the lower class into the upper class sufficiently so that mass class struggle is no longer necessary. It will reduce inequality and it will eliminate the condition where workers "have nothing to lose but their chains."

The have-nots will become livable-haves while the haves continue as rich-haves. Will this be the type of stable "classless society" for the future?

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