What if the future of jobs is at risk because of UBI?
Brendan Mahony

“What if the future of jobs is at risk because of UBI?”

A UBI empowers workers to make more money with their work, by providing bigger reward potential for doing work for fellow people, picking up said UBI money.

While public service jobs necessarily reduce productivity in cases, namely, when someone after serious deliberation found something worthwhile to do for others, but that something is not eligible for support. In a world where we’re increasingly connected via the internet, there’s plenty things that one can recognize to be purposeful to do, as people pick up expertise in their own micro community and bigger community contexts. Public service jobs can be a thing to offer, but they’re not suited to replace citizens acting according to where they see chances to add something to society, be it for-profit or non-profit or somewhere in between. The UBI instead “pulls” people towards acting upon such chances, by increasing monetary reward potential. (at least if it’s at all redistributive from the top to the rest of society.)

“I am interested in the case where they are paid by the polity in just recompense for the contribution they make. The idea of public service jobs is apparently an oxymoron?”

The thing is that regardless of any contributions one may be rewarded for, a universal income is to be paid to every single human on the basis of

  1. Enclosure of land, while not everyone is explicit owner of said enclosed land
  2. Societally created value free of charge, say the network effect or respected law of property (even when it’s morally disagreeable without a compensation! I mean aren’t people amazingly kind. And even if it is compensated, the added value from this legal security got to be worth for something.).
  3. Cost savings from economies of scale, naturally monopolizing production and delivery. We probably want share the benefits of these cost savings, for they not only aren’t created by the company collecting a greater surplus profit due to em, they also keep people away from the market by making competing less viable, since it costs time and money to deploy parallel infrastructure to leverage economies of scale, and overcoming the network effect when it works against you further complicates this.

With regard to the third point, we’ll often and increasingly need govenment intervention to enable more people to compete on an even playing field, by fidning case specifc solutions that enable more people to utilize existing infrastructure and IP/patents, that strike an agreeable compromise between prior developers, owners, potential third party providers and customers. A UBI enhances this process, by enabling anyone who choses to, to participate much more actively in this political process of informing the public opinion by research, activism and progression of further democratic methods.

The UBI as such is a payment not just for more justice with regard to the ever increasing non-labor value measured in the GDP, but also a payment to progress democracy towards more decentralization, more responsibility for the individual, in its real world implementation.

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