I hereby propose to all Asgardians the opportunity to choose whether we should or should not implement Universal Basic Income. For the those who do not know what it is, basically Universal Basic Income (UBI for short) is a form of social security in which all citizens or residents of a country receive a regular, unconditional sum of money - guaranteed, either from a government or some other public institution, independent of any other income.
Basic income is often argued for by its advocates because of its potential to reduce poverty, or even eradicate poverty. The ability of basic income to eliminate poverty is uncontroversial because it is true by definition that an unconditional income set above the poverty line will eliminate poverty.
Basic income, it is argued, is a much simpler and more transparent welfare system.
Basic Income and Growth
Basic income and growth (or BIG) allows for potential economic growth: people may decide to invest in themselves to earn higher degrees and get interesting and well-paid jobs that, in turn, could trigger growth - This would be beneficial for Asgardia, if we truly want to live in a technocratic society.
Supporters commonly make three very different arguments that basic income promotes freedom. First , although most basic income supporters tend to be politically left, right-leaning supporters, at least since the 1970s, have argued that policies like basic income free welfare recipients from the paternalistic oversight of conditional welfare-state policies.
Second , Philippe Van Parijs has argued that basic income at the highest sustainable level is needed to support real freedom, or the freedom to do whatever one "might want to do." By this,Van Parijs means that all people should be free to use the resources of the Earth and the "external assets" people make out of them to do whatever they might want to do. Money is like an access ticket to use those resources, and so to make people equally free to do what they might want to do with the external assets of the world, the government should give each individual as many such access tickets as possible—that is, the highest sustainable basic income.
Third , at least since Thomas Paine, some supporters have argued that basic income is needed to protect the power to say no, which these supporters argue is essential to an individual's status as a free person
Affordability? (I believe Universal Basic Income would provide growth , thus making it more affordable in the long term)
May make people lazy? (I personally think that will not be the case, providing that people who work earn more than those who do not, thus incentive to work)
Therefore, it should be believed that Pros outweigh the Cons in this proposal.
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Christopher J Boardman. -
Asgardian Election - Candidate.
Manchester, United Kingdom