Harmattan wrote:Even so it does not change the structure of the demand while the demand for unskilled manpower in logistics and production is heading towards zero. And zero times any stimulation multiplier is still zero.
It's like production and logistics already enjoy (will soon enjoy) infinite unskilled manpower. The things that are left contended for them are (will soon be) the scarcity of resources and energy, talents at the conception and executive stages, physical properties (land especially) and intellectual properties. There is no room for unskilled labor.
At best you would create a few more salesmen and little hands, but this will not amount to much. However you will increase the pressure over the jobs already in strong demand. In the same extent than an universal income though.
1) "As part of the job, the workers could be trained to get new skills which will help them get work experience."
2) If there are no activities left that amount to little more than repetitive, monotonous unskilled labor, it's probably for the best. This kind of labor won't be created just for the sake of it. It's a JG. It's not restricted to unskilled activities.
Sure, but since the part about the virtuous circle does not hold, JG just becomes your good old public action. In the end you're just increasing the number of public jobs by increasing taxes until no one is left unemployed against his will.
Why would we want to increase taxes? If the country in question issues its own sovereign currency and is not constrained by a gold standard, it doesn't really need taxation to fund spending. So the primary reason for taxation is basically the regulation of aggregate demand. (Other reasons for taxation include the mitigation of socioeconomic inequality, societal ills and so forth.)
And no, there's no forced labor. It's a JG. It's not some kind of labor camp scheme.
Actually both are pretty equivalent since most people under an universal income would choose to work.
Yeah, I bet every drug addict would just end her/his addiction by pure will power once a basic income is created.
Other problems: the problem of increased immigration, the potential problem of inflation, the pernicious effects of unemployment on your employability, the problem of reciprocity (there's already an incredible amount of outrage every time they found someone who abuses her/his unemployment benefits).