Days of Change

Basically Dumb | May 26, 2015

The month, something called “basic income” has been making the rounds of liberal blogs. The concept is that the government provides everyone with a minimum annual stipend ($10,000 per year seems to be a common number) which they can supplement with actual work. In some cases, that basic income is withdrawn with the more work income someone makes. Before I comment on the idea, let’s look at how one site tries to Voxsplain it. Actually, Vox wrote about this too, but I don’t want to drive traffic there.

  • First, get the reader to imagine getting $1,000 a month without a job. For more than half the population, (maybe 75%) that would be more than they get in net pay after taxes, especially if they are deadbeats now.
  • Beat the crap out of a straw man. This article claims this is not Communism, an economic system that failed in Russia and only sort of exists in Cuba and North Korea. Ignore socialism entirely.
  • Hit them with contrarianism. Write about how this concept is capitalist even though it is the definition of citizen-level socialism.
  • Start throwing data and studies into the mix in equal proportions. The fact that people don’t seem to quit their jobs immediately and a positive pilot study in Namibia bolster this essentially unproven concept.
  • Hit them with more contradictory information. The basic income claims revolve around the theory that people will get more education, spend more time with family and develop less stress with a basic income. Plus, it would eliminate welfare!

This is where I get to paraphrase Voltaire and point out that the perfect is the enemy of the good. As proof, some libertarians have actually endorsed the concept of a basic income in the hopes that it could eliminate all the social engineering present in government handouts. There would theoretically be one handout, a smaller amount going to children, for everyone.

My problem is that the implementation of this would not be theoretical. Some people would be considered more disadvantaged than others. Increased taxes needed would drive up prices. Those prices would drive up the basic income amount. Democrats would lose all their power to direct money to foundations or community groups, which means they’d never go for it. Plus, this was the plan created by Cloward and Piven, and you know what assholes they were.


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  1. this was the plan created by Cloward and Piven

    Says it all!

    Comment by Mary — May 27, 2015 @ 1:28 am

  2. This plan would really make up for slavery, alright. It would put everyone on the plantation.

    Comment by Mary — May 27, 2015 @ 1:33 am

  3. They have no idea at all what that do to society, do they? Sigh!
    They actually prove the Three Fallacies.

    Comment by 49erDweet — May 27, 2015 @ 5:45 pm

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