The first question is is there enough jobs in THOSE fields to take up the slack?

Well, there are some jobs where it looks like the more the merrier. Education comes to mind. But obviously, at some point, there’s a law of diminishing returns.

That all said, as long as some institution somewhere is saying “hey, we could use another pair of hands” we’re missing an opportunity if we go straight to UBI.

How many childcare workers can we use before it makes sense to just pay the parents to raise the child?

Well, maybe that’s an option as well. Studies are clear that children do better with one stay at home parent, and not all jobs held by two-worker households pay all that well. Maybe paying a stay at home parent a salary makes some sense; you’re removing people from the workforce, and incenting them to have children that they will then care for — — an increase in the birth rate could help to solve the Social Security and Medicare fiscal imbalances.

The second question is one of aptitude and desire.

True, but I think that there’s enough options out there to cover this. Doesn’t it bug you when your local WalMart or Target has long lines at the ten checkoutlines that are open, but there’s twenty more checkoutlines unmanned?

The third question is money.

The entire theory of UBI depends on two assumptions. The first is that jobs will be automated away in the millions. The second is that corporate productivity will rise because of this automation to the point that profits will soar, and increased taxation will pay for the UBI. My suggestion doesn’t alter that equation; I’m just saying that if you need to pay the bills of people who don’t have the chops to get a STEM degree or an MBA from a top 20 school, you may as well get work out of them, as they provide value.

Please note that I’m not saying you’re WRONG, at the moment I think it’s at LEAST as viable of an option as UBI, but I’m not sold that it’s an objectively better process.

One assumes that people prefer to be productive in some way, and that productivity builds character and thus makes for a better society. Svetlana Voreskova writes rather eloquently about guaranteed employment without the need to be productive basically shot the Soviet Union in the foot. To me, UBI plays to the darker motivations of people.

Something for nothing tends not to build character.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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