Left and Right Unite! – For the UBI Fight!

August 2020 Forums General discussion Left and Right Unite! – For the UBI Fight!

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    L.B. Neill

    Hi All,

    It has been some time since I had posted.

    ALB (#204729). Ever since Capitalism (and its classical and feudal parents) came into being, the question of the poor has been answered by the ruling elite- what to do with them?

    A universal basic income is a re-articulation of the welfare state: and we might be told that this is our lot (our crumbs) and consume it. Use it to pay for services (a self managed fund with limits) and if we run out of it- wait till the next funding year.

    There have been some right wing commentators (Patterson in Canada) who say that being poor is a naturalistic event: potters graves exist throughout history. I am reminded of the ideas: if money is used- poverty ensues.

    I hear the concern: UBI is a re-articulation of payments to keep people alive, and only just that! Welfare is a marketplace- the poor spend what is given: that spend is then returned to profit-centred services.

    Nothing changes.

    The left and the right have a tug of war- and nothing changes in the communities I work. Same poverty: different policy.

    ALB, thanks. I wish the stance moved from marginal to central political discourse- otherwise, more of the same



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    Another article on UBI proposals in the USA


    Progressives embrace its ability to help redress staggering inequality and bolster the social safety net, while some libertarians like UBI’s potential to shrink government bureaucracy.


    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said a changing world needs new social protection policies with safety nets including universal health coverage and the possibility of a universal basic income.



    The UN again pushing for a form of UBI to fight the pandemic


    The UN has suggested that a temporary basic income for the world’s poorest people in developing countries could help stop the spread of coronavirus.
    A report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said that the fund would allow 2.7 billion people in 132 developing countries to stay at home.

    “Unprecedented times call for unprecedented social and economic measures. Introducing a temporary basic income for the world’s poorest people has emerged as one option. Bailouts and recovery plans cannot only focus on big markets and big business,” UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said.

    The report gave three ways in which the pay-out could be done – by topping up existing average incomes, awarding lump sum transfers based on the differences in the median standard of living across a country or by transferring a lump sum despite a person’s location in a country.


    Dream on. That’ll never happen under capitalism. And won’t be needed in socialism as everyone will then have direct access to what they need without, as under capitalism, having to have money before they can satisfy  even their basic needs.

    Compared with socialism this proposal is a wild fantasy. And they accuse us of being unrealistic.

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