Cutting the Gordian Knot of Technological Unemployment with Unconditional Basic Income
Scott Santens

Here is the problem with furthering the idea of UBI. . . .

UBI proponents always focus on educating people on why this restructuring makes sense and will be effective, instead of addressing the real issue which is how to get businesses and the people in positions of power to agree to effectively give workers the ability to walk away.

You don’t need to sell this idea to wage slaves, you need to figure out a way to implement it in a society where those making the decisions would agree when they have the most to lose.

We already have a governing system which protects businesses, while ignoring the will of the people. Millions of citizens demand healthcare, and expanding Medicaid makes sense, but we, the people, are blocked because it benefits 1/6th of the economy to keep us in an unworkable health care system. It doesn’t matter that millions suffer, even die, in order to prevent a few hundred business from losing money. THAT is our new political reality.

Despite what we believe, the people are not in power. Government does not serve society’s best interests.

Even if we all agree that we should do this, it will not be implemented. This is the true opposition to UBI — not that people don’t get it.

There are very few workers who are not experiencing the pain of technological unemployment. From mid-managers unable to find positions making half what they did a decade ago, to indebted Millennials searching for a decent paying starter job, and everyone in between, we all FEEL it. Whether we understand the dynamic, everyone knows there are not enough jobs, and therefore people are not earning a living wage, while more and more of the financial resources are concentrated at the top.

You may be defining the dynamic, but you are preaching to the choir.

The solution must begin by drastically shortening the work week. This will create more jobs in the interim, but more importantly will begin to introduce the idea to the public that we are able to modify the structure of work in society.

Then we must overhaul our political system and this could take a generation. Meanwhile, people become poorer, employers take greater advantage of a skilled labor pool desperate for work, the wealth that businesses generate is used to automate more jobs out of existence. More power and resources are concentrated at the top, and the noose tightens.

UBI is 100% a political problem and short of a revolution, I don’t see it being voluntarily implemented, unless it is violently imposed.