Basic Income Won’t Solve Our Crisis of Meaning

In a world hell-bent on increasing efficiency, how can we rediscover our sense of purpose?

Zander Nethercutt
May 11, 2017 · 10 min read
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“Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity.”

— Jacques Ellul


Specializing allows us to add tangible value and achieve a sense of purpose.


Purpose doesn’t matter to corporations; the nature of operating in competitive markets means they have to prioritize profits or die. But purpose matters to people.



It is not hard to imagine a world in which basic queries about the advertising program can be handled by sophisticated A.I.




Purpose isn’t easily discovered, and our global economy is woefully unprepared to address the truth that purpose is as important for a stable, functioning society as income.

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Bots are taking our jobs. Not all at once, but fast enough to make us think twice about the security of our futures. Enter Universal Basic Income — a proposal to give every citizen a guaranteed government stipend, for free. Brilliant solution, utopian fantasy, or all of the above? This collection explores the possibilities.

Bots are taking our jobs. Not all at once, but fast enough to make us think twice about the security of our futures. Enter Universal Basic Income — a proposal to give every citizen a guaranteed government stipend, for free. Brilliant solution, utopian fantasy, or all of the above? This collection explores the possibilities.

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