Apr 5, 2014

Anti-slavery and Universal Basic Income raise similar arguments

It is not surprising that anti-slavery and universal basic income raise similar arguments. Both are about emancipation of the suffering poor. Anti-slavery aims to give some basic physical freedom. Universal basic income aims to give some basic monetary freedom, which will increase some physical freedom. For example, people will not be working in virtual slavery employment in order to have food on their table.

One of the similar arguments is their supposed negative effect on the economy.
Defenders of slavery argued that the sudden end to the slave economy would have had a profound and killing economic impact. (ushistory.org
Opponents [to the universal basic income] argue that the incentive to work would be destroyed, and that capitalism would grind to a halt without the fear of destitution driving workers to continue working. (anotherangryvoice.blogspot.com)
Another name for universal basic income is citizen dividend. This refers to funding that is based on common wealth, and is based on the well accepted belief that citizens are owners of their countries. 

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