A Universal Basic Income (UBI) will not fix everything, it’s not supposed to, it’s a start for some people and a boon for everyone.
But don’t let the prospect of a little free money stop us from pursuing more progressive regulations and reforms.
UBI is meant to provide a floor, a standard, which no one can fall beneath. But giving people unconditional free money shouldn’t be the end of the conversation.
“A basic income can potentially help break down the stigma and conditionality of many government payments, and improve work incentives and equity. However, where it is used to replace other components of social policy, whether through ‘buying out’ public services or reducing the ‘need’ for fair labour laws and job creation, it may instead serve to entrench the inequalities of a neoliberal world.” Ben Spies-Butcher
UBI is about how we make society and our economy better, and it’s never just about giving people unconditional free money. It’s a small part of a larger conversation about how we fix many of the issues within our system.