Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The Buzz Is Growing
The buzz is growing - the New York Times Magazine now has an article on unconditional basic income. Don't miss the poster comments after reading, showing what I would suspect .. a lot more support for the idea in the United States, not just Switzerland, than some might want us to think. For most of the 129 comments (at the time of this posting) are open-minded and positive. So, it looks like Americans, among others, may be more independent-minded than the mainstream media would have us think.
A few samples below (pictures added here). Note, at the article, there is some confusion about the UBI level. It does have to be, as one poster points out - a liveable amount. The amount under consideration for Swiss voters is about 28-30,000/year USD against a cost of living that is roughly comparable to the U.S. in various locations. In the U.S., 10,000 annually would not be a UBI as discussed under the European Initiative guidelines; i.e. individual, unconditional, and high enough.