So, I don't have UBI. I don't get any kind of cash benefits from the government. But I do have a very unusual income source: the internet.
Art. Knowledge. Entertainment.
Value for people's lives.
Not always. Not with the same intensity or frequency all the time.
Well, a gig. I'm technically a contractor. I work on commission. None of this "if you've got time to lean..." stuff. I wrote two newsletter entries while at work today. I
And my plan for the newsletter to help with the transition is going well.
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But the basics of life aren't everything. Survival isn't everything.
People who want to tie benefits both to means and to work requirements speak of the "dignity of work".
When is dignity something you have to force on people?
Money isn't just safety, it's flexibility. There are people who could work eight or ten hours a week and would happily do so, but their disability benefits make it all or nothing.
What if they just got it, regardless?
I couldn't do an hourly job, and the gigs I can get won't guarantee my survival.
The work I'm doing is creating value for local businesses and local artists...
A UBI won't bankrupt the wealthy who must pay for it. When all that money gets spent, it's going to wind up in their hands, anyway.
It won't impoverish society, but enrich it.