SolarCross wrote:That might not be such a bad idea but I think it is tricky on human dignity.
Also justice, liberty, and motivation. People only have a right to the things they would have if others did not deprive them of them, mainly life, liberty, and property in the fruits of their labor. That lets out a right to income, which would have to be provided by others' labor. So restoring people's liberty to access economic opportunity without having to pay landowners just for permission
to do so would be better than just giving everyone money. Also, a right to access opportunity can't be lost, stolen, or squandered the way money can. Besides, if people get a UBI, landowners will just charge them that much more for permission to access shopping, education, medical care, public services and infrastructure, social and relationship opportunities, etc., even if they don't want to access employment or business opportunities.
A lot of people dislike to be the recipient of charity because it makes them feel like a massive loser. UBI will be more saleable if it is framed as a citizen's dividend or something like that.
Or compensation for the forcible removal of their rights to liberty and conversion of those rights into the private property of landowners and other privileged interests. But restoration of the individual rights to liberty that landowning and other privileges removed would be even more salable, IMO. No one likes paying taxes, and many would object to paying taxes to fund UBI for others, even if they also got it themselves. But people like being exempt from taxes, and don't mind others getting an exemption as long as they get the same exemption themselves.