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How can we become a better world after the coronavirus pandemic? Show more Show less
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Covid has inevitably created a recessionary crisis and Governments will be under intense pressure to restore growth. But if its growth at all costs And/or simply reverting to the way it was it will be a lost opportunity to seek a more equitable model. A model that is also attuned to the larger existential issue of climate change. Any new post Covid martial plan should focus on a progressive model the redressés much of what is faulty and unsustainable. If not, this pandemic will be a forewarning of even more turbulent times to come.

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The dominant form of commerce is what got us here in many ways. We must reimagine this system to avoid externalities that cumulatively lead to catastrophic collapse.
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Implementing Universal Basic Income would ensure basic economic stability for all citizens

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a great solution to increasing income inequality in an unregulated capitalistic society, but also in the face of increasing worker displacement due to AI and robotics

The Argument

It is increasingly evident, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and with future AI proliferation on the horizon, that a solution to income inequality is vital. Universal Basic Income (UBI) would provide a safety net for all people. Current economic systems such as capitalism, socialism, and communism, are all products of their time. We are in the 21st century, and new ideas have to be considered as society faces entirely new problems. UBI experiments have taken place all around the world, and while the results so far have yielded mixed results, it is still one worthy solution for increasing the overall quality of life of people. UBI would provide a basic monthly payment that would cover the basic expenses of a household. This would not cover extra expenses, which means that people would still have the incentive to work in order to pay for their personal needs and desires. UBI would also allow workers to have more free time to pursue more fulfilling endeavors or for family obligations, more leverage in their workplace, and even perhaps learn new skills or start a business. [1][2]

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Universal Basic Income would be a disaster for society, as it would de-incentivize people to work. If your basic needs are provided for, then people will be unmotivated to work and contribute to society. The small case studies of using UBI are flawed, as they only use a limited amount of people that meet certain financial criteria, hardly “universal.” The idea that the “robots will take all the jobs” is pure science fiction at this point, and people will not use UBI in order to improve themselves or their lives, but rather as a convenient welfare handout that they earned just by existing. [1][3]

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  1. https://www.debatingeurope.eu/focus/arguments-for-against-a-universal-basic-income/#.X3dlfJNKiu4
  2. https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/map-basic-income-experiments-world-1029603804#
  3. https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcoannunziata/2018/07/27/universal-basic-income-a-universally-bad-idea/#6fd385a03269

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