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originally posted by: TerryDon79
a reply to: eNumbra
That's exactly what benefits are here in the UK.
You get your shelter paid (in Scotland. England is bit weird with how they do their housing benefit). You get money every fortnight for food, water, gas and electricity (and any other bills).
It's a basic living benefit.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
No, because people do not appreciate things if they have not earned them for themselves.
originally posted by: grainofsand
a reply to: TerryDon79
Completely agreed, the UK benefits system is essentially a basic income system.
Mate of mine hasn't worked for years, he's happy.
Rent for 1 bedroom apartment paid in full, housing/council tax paid in full, £75 per week cash to spend on gas, electricity, food etc.
He doesn't drink or smoke and has a fantastic simple life which suits him.
Throw in free dentistry, health care and medicine from the NHS, free newspapers and Internet access at the municipal library, it's most definitely a basic life with all 'needs' met.
originally posted by: Lysergic
So I guess we are all in agreement, Dystopian Future is the only way.
originally posted by: conscientiousobserver
Capitalism has built us up to the point where this possible we just need to take the next evolutionary step.
originally posted by: Bone75
Man I must've been way off on your age because you're starting to sound like my grandpa now. You'd probably already be retired in my Utopia.
I'm basically giving everyone a massive loan right out of college, and I'm giving them the means to pay it back by providing them with part-time gainful employment that they can retire on at 50. Those who choose full-time work could retire in their 30's. Those who put people out of work could retire in their 20's.
Folks will still be earning their way, just without all the stress and worrying that we do now.