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The number one thing that would let more independent artists exists in America is a universal basic income.
We usually focus on employment and production. Yet, much of the world’s population has no realistic prospects of employment, and we already produce more than what is sustainable. Basic income, however, separates survival from employment or production.
We will need to redistribute income and wealth. Such redistribution could take the form of a basic income for every adult, together with funding of education and training at any stage in a person’s life
The Universal Basic Income is indeed worse than the status quo. In fact, all the fundamental criticisms of the welfare state apply with even greater force.
With robotics taking the jobs of so many workers and the only new jobs not paying enough to live on, I think there is no more practical choice than to institute a UBI, and I think it should be tax-free and not means-tested so that people would not be penalized for their own creative efforts at working. Innovation would see a major spike, I'm sure.
Even the US isn't rich enough to allow people not to work. Some day we will be but until then things like the Earned Income Tax Credit will help increase the demand for labor.
If there's one thing that I would like to see, it would be for us to price the cost of carbon emissions
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It will help the government get out of the energy regulation business in the long-run. If innovation drives solar and battery prices low enough, the energy sector may become no different than any other industry in producing limited externalities. Thus the special regulatory consideration it merits will no longer exist.
As a cross-sector and market-based solution, a carbon tax empowers business to profitably transition to the clean-energy economy.
Therefore, carbon credits, carbon taxes, and related schemes are actually more about fueling environmental finance than environmental responsibility. The credits are less about projects and research in sustainable production systems and more about the financial interests underlying the market for carbon credits.
By taxing carbon dioxide (the harmless trace gas which makes the planet greener), the US government would be signalling to the world that it still believes in the man-made global warming narrative. This, in turn, would keep alive the crony-capitalist “renewables” industry in which Paulson, Steyer, Bloomberg and their friends are so heavily invested.
But there should be no doubt that starting from the current zero tax rate on carbon, increased taxation would be desirable
You then offset that [carbon tax] with a reduction in payroll taxes, dollar for dollar. And that's why I was so flexible. It's a tax swap, that's what I was talking about. It wouldn't grow the government, and it would approximate the attachment of these negative externalities to combustion fossil fuels.
The fact that there isn’t any temperature trend whatsoever in the last 16 years is forcing scientists to confront the reality that the carbon taxers are choosing to evade
It is pro growth, pro competition, pro jobs, deregulatory, and it will help the working-class voters that Trump promised to help.
I think we'll end up doing universal basic income. It's going to be necessary.
The revenue could come from taxes on bads (pollution, for example) or on rents (including land and, above all, intellectual property)
This idea finds support across America’s ideological spectrum in an era when hardly anything else does
You want your government to think more carefully about targeting programmes that help those in need, rather than universal. That’s a trade-off given the budget constraints on the public sector
"Let’s send a check to everyone" is an appealing idea, but I've come around to the view that doing so would do more harm than good. [...] It eventually would choke off immigration to the U.S. Voters don't like sending money to immigrants.
The unconditional basic income is a way of shaping the necessary social change from preservation to new construction so as to become socially compatible.
I don’t in fact favour a basic income as such, what I favour is what I call a participation income
How can we help as many people as possible as much as possible with the resources we have?
The basic income movement is designed to enhance the dignity and well-being inclusion of all people and move us closer to our vision of social equity
I am very much in favour, as long as we know how to apply it without taking away incentive to work at the lower end of the market
What basic income does is set a floor, a monetary floor by which no one will fall below. So you want to guarantee that basic income for everybody.
The rapid replacement of jobs by machines/artifical intelligence will lead to the need for a Universal Basic Income.
There's probably a huge amount of problems in the world that would probably be fixed if there was a guaranteed income
There has always been someone who put trust in me and said: Mr. Werner, show us what you can do. Exactly the same way the basic income says: We grant you so that you can live humbly but with dignity, and now you can show us what you can do.
The pool of displaced workers will just keep growing exponentially, and the solution is to level the playing field.
That simple question - "Which scenario is better for the society as a whole?" - lies at the heart of the concept of a Basic Income.
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We are keen to have that debate about whether the time has arrived for us to have a system that is seamless, easy to pass through, [with a] guaranteed basic income and [where] you can move in and out of work on a regular basis.
This is an invitation to be part of something that really makes sense
Time to take a serious look at basic annual guaranteed income
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