by Becki Gray
Former Senior Vice President, John Locke Foundation
Scary stuff, this proposal of an unconditional basic income for everyone provided by you guessed it, the government:
It’s actually a very simple idea: Everyone in society receives a single basic income to provide for a comfortable living whether they choose to work or not….
Looking further ahead to the future, the prospect of a jobless economy certainly seems daunting. But if we can successfully manage it and put our machines to work, we could enter into an unprecedented era of material abundance while dramatically extending our leisure time. Rather than be tied to menial and demeaning work, we’d be free to engage in activities that truly interest us.
Ronald Reagan talked about a shining city on the hill, and in a speech given on Oct. 27, 1964 said “Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.”
Ideas like a universal basic income may seem silly but these ideas can become reality of we are complacent. Our freedoms are constantly under attack and are indeed fragile. Something to keep in mind for tomorrow. Vote as if your freedom is at stake.