Universal Minimum Income or Living? Part 2

Let’s continue from where we stopped from Part 1 of this post.

How can we achieve the adoption of UML and is it a solid solution?

I’ll address the later question first. It is not. I repeat: It is not. So why propose it in the first place you will ask.

An idea kept in the dark will wither and die ingloriously, but if shared and spread it will flourish and shine, proportionally to its clarity, potency and purpose.

If a person in a live talk hadn’t had asked a question about UMI you would not be reading these lines (nor I would be writing ’em).

Now you will (obviously) ask how can this be made a clear, potent and purposeful proposal? We can start be discussing the concept and discard it, if it does not meet these three goals. Being able to abandon an idea, because there is a better one, or because you were wrong is one the traits modern society lacks and we need to improve on (and I am obviously an advocate of it becoming true). Then plans should be made on how it can be implemented, with what cost, where could it be introduced first (big vs. small cities, urban vs. rural, etc.). Care should be made to be as less impacting to the ecosystem as possible and maybe use alternative construction methods to lower the costs. Clusters could be proposed, in order to benefit from small scale green energy installations. And this is just a handful of ideas.

And finally how can we adopt UML (if we deem it worthy in the first place)? In some countries you can lobby for it and have the parliament discuss it and think it through. In some others you can sign an online petition to achieve the same. Some other countries could have a referendum for it. But this is the big scale perspective. First we would need to desire it in a personal level and understand the profound county-wide and world-wide changes it could bring. Then we should start applying the plans discussed in some cases independently in a municipal level and let it run for 5 years to measure the effect it has and the efficiency of the idea. If successful it would be easier to pass on to the government big scale level, as most probably they will not foresee a negative political cost to it (and sadly this is how it works).

(Updated 1/1/2017) Finland trials a 2 year basic income for unemployed.

As of 1/1/2017 Finland started a social experiment, that constitutes of giving to 2000 random unemployed persons a 560 € monthly stipend, even in the case they find a job during this 2 year period. Their hope is reducing poverty and unemployment among other things and of course there is a projected rise in spending. As of note this stipend will be given to people age 25 to 28. I sure hope that this experiment will be successful, even if it reinforces the UMI concept, because at least it means humanity strives to create a better future. Since the sample is a really small one I do not believe that there will be the repercussions I presented for the UMI, so things will be a bit rigged in favor of the proposal, but if this moves to a country wide adoption and without any government regulation of prices, then inevitably there will be a rise in basic needs. There is also a possibility that this experiment will be a successful failure, such as the 6 hour working day in Sweden’s Svartedalen retirement home experiment, that even though it showed a positive outcome both for the employees and the retired Swedes, it was deemed to expensive to uphold and was scrambled. I’ll get back to the six hour working day vs the eight hour in another post, where we will discuss these experiments in more detail. Mind you that Sweden rejected a similar to Finland’s proposal with a referendum and 75% of Swedes say “No” to it. So I await eagerly the end of this 2 year experiment with the conclusions that will be drawn and most importantly the actions that will be taken after its end.

Is there more to do for the world to achieve real equity and prosperity?

UML is one minor idea that can be proposed and I take for granted that there are more ideas out there (and better ones I might add). But if you hang around I’ll try to spawn more ideas and proposals and I will keep on dreaming of a better tomorrow for all of us.

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