I lived in Switzerland most of my life. The upcoming vote on basic income is the reason for making me proud to live here (probably the first time in
35 years). I am pretty sure the vote won't go through though, we just had a vote to raise minimum vacation from 4 to 5 weeks, it was declined
As I see it, the idea is to eliminate every other safety net there is (eg. social welfare, retirement funding, etc.). The financial impact on the gov
is estimated about the same as the current burden (our social safety net cost the gov about 30% of the gdp right now, the cost for the system of basic
income were estimated around the the same).
- existential fears might diminish, stress related health cost sink
- you still have to work if you want all those fancy mac airs and iphones, so it's unlikely that it produces a bunch of people who just don't want to
work (2500 - 500 health insurance - 1000 housing - 400 food - 300 clothing - 300 power and internet) I know I would work, didn't study 8 years to sit
on my couch
- lower crime maybe
- maybe we can make a historic utopian example for other nations (if this goes well or bad) - isn't that like the system in Star Trek?
- incentives to work will be lower
- crappy jobs wont be filled for low wages (even though I'm not sure if it is a problem of the job itself rather than the initiative)
- Global players might leave for places they can better exploit people (but they already do it, eg. our firms whole IT is in Hungary and India,
production is somewhere in China)
- abuse, eg. come here but send all money out of the area
- every age gets the same amount (does an 18yr old really need as much as an 50yr old?)
I see it as a great opportunity to make people happy, relaxed, and pursue their own goals -> money isn't the reason to live or is it?
If a big nation like the US will be able to make something like that work, I guarantee you, humanity will be back on the moon in no time and a whole
new era of science and spirituality will begin (I hope we can make a good example that will make you think)
On the 1:12 initiative I don't care to much, but I remind you that the great Philosopher Plato said 1:4
edit on 6-10-2013 by 4lk4tr43
because: corrections & a few more points