Do you think a basic income should be given to those who lose their jobs due to technology?
Why or why not?
Whether or not a robot takes your own job is very pertinent to you, but there is an even wider perspective: the so-called 'Advanced Nations' already have too few full time jobs for the people wishing to fill them. The problem being that we're looking at a 21st Century situation through 20th and even 19th Century norms.
With the advent of the Industrial Revolution there were jobs for all - most, bloody awful, but work nevertheless. But has time has progressed, and even with the efforts of trade unions, we still look to full working weeks for all who are fully employed, e.g. 40 to 50 hours a week being the norm.
What we should be looking at now, I think, is either much shorter 'paid' working lives or, better, still very much shorter working hours. For example, if it was mandated (and practiced by all) that each worker work for only two days a week, we'd could instantly have full employment (not counting those who cannot or 'will not work in an iron lung, so to speak)
Point is, we are getting towards a situation where it is getting harder and harder to get into a 'job for life,' or a career of our choosing. Something has to be done. Governments probably won't advocate it. Employers won't either; not if they have to pay two or even three wages where they at present only have to pay one.
What's the answer? That might simply have to evolve through a lot of angst over the next few decades. But change things will, whether we like it or not.
by Grace Marguerite Williams 2 years ago
What do you think about the proposed implementation of basic income(in some parts of Europe) for people whether they work or not? Do you contend that eventually the United States will implement basic income policy? Why? Why not?
by Grace Marguerite Williams 14 months ago
What do you think about the Basic Income premise i.e. that everyone should be guaranteed abasic living income?
by Peeples 4 years ago
Why does USA still have hungry and homeless people if ....we have 23 to 37 billion to go towards helping other countries?
by marcofratelli 7 years ago
Have you had to evacuate your home quickly due to an emergency situation?...in case of fire, flooding or other emergency situation? Did you have an Emergency Plan in case you need to evacuate your house quickly?
by Justin Earick 5 years ago
A. Is it morally wrong for the top 1% to pay the lowest average tax rates in 50 years - while attacking our social programs?B. Do employers hire additional employees without increased demand?C. Should wage earners have higher tax rates than those who make money off of...
by ahorseback 4 months ago
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