Sepp Hasslberger: Basic Income as Liberation

03 Economy, 11 Society, Civil Society, Ethics
Sepp Hasslberger
Sepp Hasslberger

An idea whose time has come … and it will.

Why ‘unconditional basic income for all’ fails the ‘splutter test’ but would liberate the world


Under the scheme we will still work, for people are productive and want more than a basic living. But we are less likely to remain in exploitative or soul-destroying jobs. Unpleasant jobs would tend to pay more, and glamorous jobs less. With the removal of the benefit trap, people are more inclined to experiment entrepreneurially, or invest more time in their hobbies. Some people would choose to work less, especially when raising children or when taking time off to study. Zero-hour workfare contracts could go and fuck themselves.