Social activists and forward thinking economists are encouraging governments around the world to provide their citizens with an unconditional state salary. This salary would take care of peoples’ basic needs, making work optional rather than mandatory. The ambitious among us would still be free to earn more, but others would be free to pursue other aspirations such as activism and personal hobbies. In a society that provides a basic income, everybody can rest assured that no matter what happens, their elementary needs will be taken care of, freeing people from the worry of daily survival.
In the 21st Century, the highest earners have more wealth than they will ever need, while the poor and middle class often struggle to make end’s meat. When society is so wealthy, why are we not ensuring that everyone’s basic rights are met, such as healthcare, housing, food, internet access and a modicum of spending money? It is morally reprehensible that our society allows the rich to amass obscene amounts of wealth and spend their time pursuing the finer things in life, while others slave away in meaningless jobs to simply meet their basic needs.
Liberals dream of a world without risk. A world without guns, bankruptcies and homelessness, and a fixed, stable climate that stays within a desirable range. We dream of a financially stable world with a steadily rising stock market, and perpetually low interest rates. Gun laws, universal healthcare and quantitative easing all aim to eliminate risk from society, and the next stage in this journey is without a doubt, the basic income. Together, these policies will ensure that everybody gets to survive and thrive, not only those who happen to be gifted with the capacity to earn money in the dog-eat-dog free market.