Depicting automation as anything more than one reason among many to support UBI may also be detrimental to the progressive case for UBI. It makes it sound as though the case for UBI relies on the questionable premise that unbridled automation is inevitable and/or desirable. This risks alienating those who believe that the future of automation is not necessarily a matter of prediction, but also a matter of democratic control and political choices.
What Does the Debate on Automation Mean for Basic Income?
Adam Ruben
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I agree — thanks for making this important point.