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Re: Money
« Reply #570 on: March 01, 2019, 08:36:09 pm »
March 1, 2019

ECONOMY & LABOR

SNIPPET:

Ivanka’s 🐉 Attack on AOC Reveals Ignorance About Universal Basic Income

When Ivanka Trump recently went after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal by suggesting that the “idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want” because “people want to work for what they get,” it was difficult not to gag. Here was the recipient of a fortune inherited from a tax-dodging father waxing on about the American work ethic as if she had any idea about what most Americans want. This level of ignorance and hypocrisy was, of course, hardly surprising coming from a member of the Trump family.

Full article:

https://truthout.org/articles/ivankas-attack-on-aoc-reveals-ignorance-about-universal-basic-income/

Agelbert NOTE: As the article makes clear, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is NOT about "coddling the free riders", as Republican BULLSHIT ARTISTS will repeatedly and loudly (and boringly) claim.

Let me explain why the UBI is a FREEDOM ENHANCING program, not a "give away to lazy people".

When a criminal sets out to commit a crime (i.e. acts on a MOTIVE), he needs the MEANS and the OPPORTUNITY to get the felonious act accomplished successfully. Any detective can use the LACK of motive, means or opportunity as a logical reason to remove a suspect from the list of people suspected of committing a particular crime. Crime is an activity within a society that is illegal.

Activity that is legal, and worthy, and celebrated, and encouraged among good citizens in a society, such as working, taking care of your family, getting an education and obtaining adequate health care, also requires the MOTIVE, MEANS and OPPORTUNITY to accomplish successfully.

A slave may have the motive to purchase healthy food, seek medical attention for a health problem, or avoid sleeping in a roach infested shack, but without the BASIC economic MEANS to do so, he will NOT have the OPPORTUNITY to live a decent, though lacking any luxury whatsever, healthy life.

The CAPITALIST ideology firmly defends the concept of a "CAPTIVE" market. The reason for that is that said CAPITALIST can DICTATE the price for his product and make more money.

Now that people have been commodified by our CAPITALIST system, employees have become just another CAPTIVE market. IOW, the employer can DICTATE the wages he wishes to pay. It's not quite slavery because the worker does have the option to quit and partially starve on processed food SNAP CRAP until his health gives out, of course (If you do not see an ethical problem with this anti-democratic system, you must be a CAPITALIST).

What the UBI does is FREE the wage earner from being forced to work for a NON-LIVING wage. The UBI DE-commodifies the worker. The employee is no longer part of the CAPTIVE market. The employee has the FREEDOM to make real choices in education and in caring for his loved ones and in patiently choosing his favored profession without fear of going hungry or not being able to pay for health care and a roof over his head. The Employer can no longer hold the threat of penury over the employee's head and must, therefore, offer a living wage and a decent work environment.

A living wage and a decent work environment is precisely what the Trumps of this world DO NOT WANT. They KNOW that most people that hitherto remained in dead end jobs with no MEANS or OPPORTUNITY to better themselves will use the UBI do so. So, the CAPITALISTS deliberately conflate the UBI with a "give away". The part the CAPITALISTS will never mention is that their wailing and moaning about "socialist free riders" holds water ONLY if the UBI exceeded a BASIC INCOME. The UBI is NOT an "incentive to avoid work". The UBI is an incentive to BETTER one's quality of life through education and extra time to find the job that genuinely interests a person. Thus, the UBI benefits the entire society by REDUCING INEQUALITY.

CAPITALISTS do not want workers to have Universal Basic Income caused FREEDOM to have the MEANS or the OPPORTUNITY to better themselves and take better care of their families. CAPITALISTS want a CAPTIVE labor market. UBI eliminates that CAPITALIST travesty.

The Employers claim their "freedom" is being "trampled on". Coercing an employee to work for a NON-LIVING wage is not a "freedom", it's CAPTIVE market wage tyranny.
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12

 

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