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17 May 2018 @ 05:36 am
Slate Star Codex suggests  
Basic income, not basic jobs
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on May 18th, 2018 12:56 am (UTC)
Hear, hear; so well-reasoned!

Only one point: Guaranteed Basic Income needs to be balanced by Mandatory National Service (not military!) for, say, four years after leaving high school. Whether you're rich or poor, whether you're a 14-year-old dropout or a 19-year-old valedictorian, for four years you'll all wear the same uniform, live in the same dorms, and learn to do whatever work needs to be done. Then you get the Basic Income, and if you want free college, you can stay in the Service a couple more years and earn that too.

Without such a program, a Basic Income would mean a lot of kids leaving school with no prospects, no job skills, and no particular reason to seek any. If it wasn't mandatory, the rich kids wouldn't participate, so it would become a 'poor people program'.

Somebody has to do the grunt-work of society, but nobody ought to have to do it permanently. So why not let the young and strong do it, and after they've done their bit, they can enjoy the fruits of the society they helped build. I think it would be an excellent thing for our society if the doctors and lawyers and captains of industry had all spent a few years wiping elderly butts, filing papers in a cubicle, or maintaining industrial equipment.

Equality is about more than just money.