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By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted February 12, 2015 at 10:27:36

As automation and efficiency makes it harder for even educated people to find a place, I expect basic income will be visited as an idea in the future.

That type of a simplification has a lot of pluses going for it.

I don't think this generation stands a chance of seeing it, but perhaps the idea can begin to get discussed. If the Swiss aren't ready for it then the idea is indeed probably ahead of its time.

I know someone (many people probably do) stuck in the "welfare cliff", a talented individual with unique circumstances, who can't even sell a painting despite occasional opportunities. The people most vulnerable to ending up in this situation are often the least suited to complicated rules and penalties and paperwork requirements, and they want to do more and feel so stuck it is torture. True story.

If technology continues to advance at an accelerating pace, just a couple of generations from now we don't want this to happen. Maybe basic income will be an idea whose time does come.

Comment edited by mikeonthemountain on 2015-02-12 10:29:03

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