Why the unconditional basic income is a liberal vision
Mark Kwesi Appoh
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You took your time and made some effort to write a story. I took the time to read it. Does it matter how much I enjoyed your story? Does my valuation of your story matter? Kinda? If it didn’t, then why would Medium give me the option to click the *heart* button?

Right now I’m listening to the song “Dust it off” by The Do. Does it matter how much I enjoy this song? Does my valuation of this song matter? Kinda? If it didn’t, then why would Youtube give me the option to click the *thumbs up* button?

I enjoy the song a lot more than I enjoyed your story. The song is beautiful… your story… not so much. Your story doesn’t recognize, or acknowledge, that it matters how much we value each other’s products.

I clicked the *thumbs up* button for the song. I communicated that I appreciate the song. But I didn’t communicate the size of my appreciation. I didn’t communicate the extent of my enjoyment. Does it matter if the band doesn’t know my true valuation of their song? Does it matter if the band doesn’t know anybody’s true valuation of their song?

Basic income means you give everybody money regardless of the value of their productivity. And if everybody had more money… then we’d all be more inclined to allocate money to our favorite songs and stories? Right now I didn’t allocate 25 cents to “Dust it off” because I can’t afford to do so?

Payment should accurately reflect and communicate our valuation of other people’s products. Basic income is payment that does not accurately reflect or communicate our valuation of other people’s products. Basic income won’t solve the problem… it will only make it worse.

You want to solve the problem? Persuade Medium to structure its website so that our payments do accurately reflect and communicate our valuation of other people’s stories.