(Stillness in the Storm Editor) The following article originally appeared on the World Economic Forum. It is a call for a basic income for humanity, something that some consider a viable option to address the financial hardships felt by so many in the modern world. While meeting the basic needs of our human family members should be something we work together for, if the proposal isn’t fair and honest, it likely won’t work. Moreover, if the basic income is provided by a clandestine agency, such as a central bank that uses the government as a distribution entity, then what is demanded of the people to receive this money? In other words, the issuance of a basic income could make the people even more dependent on their plutocratic overlords than ever before—clearly not a beneficial situation..
‘Up until now, the concept of Basic Income (BI) has enjoyed a greater history of being proposed than of being implemented. We may well be approaching a period, however, when this changes. The Ontario Government is holding consultations on setting up a BI pilot project. The Legislature in another Canadian Province, Prince Edward Island, has…
‘Elon Musk has said a universal income will eventually need to be adopted as human workers are replaced by robots. “I think there’s a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation,” the founder of Tesla and SpaceX said in an interview with CNBC. “I’m…
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Sunday, September 4, 2016
Here is the August monthly update Cobra interview by Prepare for Change. The transcript and the audio version are available here:
You can submit your questions to http://prepareforchange.net/cobra-questions/ and many of them will be answered in the next monthly update interview.
Answered questions from past interviews are nicely gathered here:
Victory of the Light!
SAT, 9/3/2016 BY PAUL BUCHHEIT
We’ll have to do something drastically different to employ people in the future. Our jobs are disappearing. The driverless vehicle is here, destined to eliminate millions of transport and taxi-driving positions. Car manufacturing is being done by 3-D printing. An entire building was erected in Dubai with a 3-D printer. Restaurants are being designed with no waitstaff or busboys, hotels with no desk clerks, bellhops, and porters. Robot teachers are interacting with students in Japan and the U.K.
There are plenty of naysayers and skeptics, of course. The Atlantic proclaimed, “The job market defied doomsayers in those earlier times, and according to the most frequently reported jobs numbers, it has so far done the same in our own time.” But this is a different time, with no guarantees of job revolutions, and in fact a time of unprecedented machine intelligence that threatens the livelihoods even of doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, and lawyers.
Finland is about to launch an experiment in which a randomly selected group of 2,000–3,000 citizens already on unemployment benefits will begin to receive a monthly basic income of 560 euros (approx. $600). That basic income will replace their existing benefits. The amount is the same as the current guaranteed minimum level of Finnish social security support. The pilot study, running for two years in 2017-2018, aims to assess whether basic income can help reduce poverty, social exclusion, and bureaucracy, while increasing the employment rate.
The Finnish government introduced its legislative bill for the experiment on 25 August. Originally, the scope of the basic income experiment was much more ambitious. Many experts have criticized the government’s experiment for its small sample size and for the setup of the trial, which will be performed within just one experimental condition. This implies that the experiment can provide insights on only one issue, namely whether the removal of the disincentives embedded in social security will encourage those now unemployed to return to the workforce or not.
Being good/bad with money should not determine survival. It is amoral that people should suffer so much from this black magic device, and that we allow it. Every child deserves a home! We must Stop the Trauma!
Universal income needs to happen NOW! And we get rid of the corruption at the top! -> Brian
Aug 9, 2016 3:05 PM by Tyler Durden
Globalization and its New Discontents … Fifteen years ago, I wrote a little book, entitled Globalization and its Discontents, describing growing opposition in the developing world to globalizing reforms. It seemed a mystery: people in developing countries had been told that globalization would increase overall wellbeing. So why had so many people become so hostile to it? – Project Syndicate, Joseph Stiglitz
Joseph Stiglitz is concerned about why people are hostile to the idea of gigantic, impersonal and rapacious governments stealing from them while telling them what to do.