posted on Feb, 19 2017 @ 06:10 PM
I think a seriously overlooked aspect of this is the role of large companies (multinationals).
Whilst I don't want to claim large companies (bilderberg, ...) are necessarily evil, I'm pretty convinced they don't have our (99%) best
interest at heart. Especially here in conspiracy territory: big pharma or big oil are never "the good guys". And the truth is they're not, at best
they care about only about the profit-motive. At worst, well illuminati depopulation arghuahahh etc.
I used to believe a basic income would free the working class from the "tyranny of big coorporations". I never concidered how it would impact the
balance of power between big coorpations, governments and "the people" (consumers/working class).
As it stands right now, the only way we're going to fund a Universal Basic Income is by having (large) companies fund it. To put it simply: All the
money they used to spend on wages, they now pay in taxes which the government distributes as basic income. The people, in their turn, go out and
consume as they always did, providing the the companies with the same income they have now, allowing them to pay these hefty taxes (but they don't
have to pay wages anymore, just to be clear).
But if u think about that, didn't we just integrate these companies into our government? A Universal Basic Income is essentially a socially
destigmatized welfare, and the companies are paying for it.
"Insert multinational" caught up in large scandal?
People: Stop buying their products!
"Insert same multinational": "Oh, well I guess I can't pay dese taxes".
Government: "#, we can't pay this basic income, since people don't work no more (and don't pay taxes that way), all our income is from companies
"Multinational": *opens zipper*
I've always advocated for UBI, but I've heard far to few discussions about how this would impact the current structure of power between the people,
the government and large companies. A UBI is impossible without large companies funding it, so where does that leave us in terms of autonomy?