Forum Post: a Basic Income Guarantee - how humanity remains humane, or implementing Agrarian Justice
Posted 2 years ago on April 22, 2012, 8:05 a.m. EST by jph
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I had been using the phrase Guaranteed Minimum Income to describe what I think is a much better way to address inequity, and eliminate poverty. What I have in mind, seems to be more in line with the Basic Income Guarantee as outlined by Thomas Paine in 1797, and further refined over the years by many different thinkers, under various titles including Citizen's Dividend or Citizen's Income. If the capitalist want to "own" all the land and resources they shall be made to pay the people they are taking them from, so we all can have a basic living.
This looks like a very wise way forward, and will provide so many benefits and eliminate so many of our current social ills that not implementing it is just silly and backward. Sure the greedy will grumble, both those with wealth, and those that worship those with wealth, (in the misguided hope that they will 'one day' join their heroes), however the wealthy clearly do not play fair (i.e. they; lie, cheat, and steal) and cheaters do not get to make the rules for the rest of us.
It is possible, if you want it!