Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Everyone. Period.

There is no checking to see who brought in how many fish last season. No means test. No popularity perks. No VIP parking. Basic subsistence is a fundamental penguin right. Pay attention, humans. This is how resilient and sustainable #EarthOS economies work. Everyone is entitled to the basics of food, shelter, healthcare, and education. Everyone. Period.

When fishing season starts, it's every penguin for themselves again. These seasons of cooperation and coopetition are true of markets, also. A universal Basic Income Grant is fundamental to creating a Free and Fair Marketplace where all participants bargain from a status of fundamental existential security. So long as labor is extorted by threat of utter destitution, loss of housing, healthcare, and food, there can be no Free Market. If you want a sustainable, scalable, resilient, adaptive post-information age free market, you have to begin with free agents as participants.

The homeless, hungry, ill, and illiterate are not free agents and therefore cannot experience anything resembling free market economics. Imagine if we were to eliminate every welfare program and the minimum wage, and replace them with a guaranteed basic income sufficient to provide subsistence level food, housing, healthcare, and access to education? Imagine a resilient, sustainable world apprehending postscarcity.

"You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." - John Lennon