• Sean II

    I can’t be the only one to have noticed this, but it seems like the hype over Basic Income Week starts earlier every year.

    It’s like, you’ve barely finished your scrapbook from the last B.I.W. when all the department stores start playing muzak versions of Billy Bragg. And you’re like: “Already???”

  • memeticsfan

    This isn’t really related to the topic but. I think i’ve lost my faith in libertarianism, i’d be willing to call myself a BHL ala Zwolinski, but in so far as i see it, it is not necessarily true libertarianism. Does identity matter, should I worry about what label i have given myself?

    • martinbrock

      Political labels are notoriously susceptible to Orwellian evolution. In various historical contexts, I might called myself a “liberal” or even a “communist”, but I wouldn’t accept either of these labels now. Eventually, “libertarian” won’t describe me well either, and the more successful nominal “libertarians” become in political terms, the more they influence (and are influenced by) the political process, the sooner I’ll need to look for another label.

      I still like “mutualist”, largely because the word never had much political currency and still doesn’t and because it has a complementary usage in biology. I don’t therefore agree with every word that Proudhon, Tucker or Kevin Carson have written, but I don’t need to agree with their every word to march occasionally to a similar drumbeat.

      So, no, it doesn’t matter.

  • martinbrock

    I’ll add here again that the unemployed don’t need money as much as they need relationships with other people who need what they can produce. Money is only a medium through which people communicate these needs. By eliminating this communication, a UBI eliminates many of these mutually beneficial relationships. People needing these relationships never establish them, so they become increasingly isolated in economic terms. A UBI disintegrates this network of relationships most among people who are already the least integrated with it.

    The best avenue to good job is a not quite so good job, so I rather favor a duty of the people most integrated into this network to seek out people who are least integrated, essentially an obligation of the haves to employ the have nots without any central authority over what the have nots are to do for the haves. Precisely how this duty could be enacted is a fair question, but the question has answers as much as any UBI proposal answers the question it raises.