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If Your Income Were Taken Care Of… | Occupy.com

Is guaranteed basic income a good Idea? Act Out! host Eleanor Goldfield helps us find out…


“In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his book “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community” “I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.” Decades later, no country has instituted this idea and income inequality continues to grow, pushing the poor ever further into the pits of poverty required by a capitalist system. So – what is guaranteed basic income? Has it ever been tried? If so, what happened? Did it make sloths of everyday people? Is it worth fighting for?” ~ Occupy.com


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

11 Comments

  • Reblogged this on The 99% Blog and commented:
    since robots are coming for our jobs anyway, how are we supposed to support ourselves and our families without jobs? Here’s one strong possibility….

  • I do think it’s better for people to have meaningful work. On the other hand, many people (most women in fact) do hours of unpaid meaningful work as a matter of course. I would not be happy taking money for nothing even though my income is low. What I would like is a better opportunity to earn my keep. The WPA was a good example of ways to employ people that are both useful and meaningful (including those in the arts!). (K)

  • JoAnn, an excellent presentation by Eleanor Goldfield. We need some form of relief for those of us struggling to stay afloat in the lower regions of our capitalist pyramid scheme. When they go under, we will all go under. We are already witnessing this collapse.

    • Our economy is one big system. But the elites act as if their greedy actions don’t contribute to the dwindling dynamics of the entire system. That in some incredible way, they are so special, so entitled, so meritorious (ha!), they’re personally convinced their sucking up all the cream (the blood) is merely the natural order of things. Delusional. You are absolutely right. They’re taking everyone under… with themselves. So while they may very well be the last ones standing, they will be standing on a piece of sh*t. (Sorry for the rant.)

  • I think they are going to try that here in Canada JoAnn. I don’t think there is any excuse for people to go without food or shelter in any society. They would collapse the other safety nets such as welfare, disability, etc and just have the one program. We’ll see if they do it, and we’ll see if it works.
    Leslie

  • I support the basic income movement, but not because I particularly like the idea. Rather, I see it as a necessary last-ditch effort to prevent what remains of the middle class from falling into poverty. In a healthy society, where economic opportunity exists and where basic human needs are met, the individual incentive to engage in productive endeavors can be collectively beneficial.

    • Yes, last-ditch. Our present form of unregulated, strung-out capitalism doesn’t seem to be creating the kind of innovation, competition, and jobs that it is supposed to (in some kind of unrivaled manner).

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