Universal basic income is gaining support — but could it make poverty worse?
World Economic Forum

The thing that I find most frustrating about these discussions is that the argument that a UBI will encourage people to not work keeps coming up again and again, no matter how much evidence is accumulated that shows that that is not the case. The argument springs from a deeply cynical and outdated view of human nature and motivation, that humans are inherently lazy, and without some external “carrot” or “stick”, work won’t get done.

That view point leads to terrible business management, and terrible social policies, and, of course, these terrible arguments against a UBI. I really think that society in general isn’t going to be able to move forward until the people in positions of power are able to wrap their heads around a better mental model of human behavior and motivation.

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