Basic Income - An immediate step in the transition
I just saw this documentary, suggested by Lukáš Fireš, and it brought tears to my eyes :'), because here is something implementable now, that reduces the focus on profit in this system, and empowers individuals, indirectly reducing competition and stimulating cooperation.
A great immediate step for the transition.
I see a basic income, as a transitional substitute for "free access to basic necessities". And can imagine that if it were implemented, and shown to be functional, it could gradually be increased, until we basically had "free access to most goods". At which point all monetary barriers could simply be dropped, as most people already would be working not for the pay, but because they wanted to :).
For your convenience, a Summary of Relevant Quotes:
"A basic income would have the purpose of giving everyone the choice of saying NO to work"
"basic income would free people from work - to be able to work (on what they really want to). The idea that there is only leisure as the other choice stems from the dependence on today's jobs for income"
"It would lead to more freedom, to all men seeing others as equals"
"the financial viability has been guaranteed. it's the freedom that it's the difficult part"
- paid work - 54 billion man-hours,
- unpaid work - 96 billion man-hours (in private, domestic, and civil engagement activities);
So, a basic income would not impede paid work,
the question might be how to manage people, if money is no longer an adequate mean of control"
"Ways a basic income can be used to abuse:
- setting it too low;
- tying it to conditions;
- eliminating all social security"
"the struggle for employment is a struggle for income. The right to work must mean the right to work in what a person really wants to (work that cannot be imposed nor taken away)"
"Poll - Would you still go to work if you had a basic income?
60% - Yes, nothing would change;
30% - Yes, but not full-time;
10% - Other answers (study; personal relationships; ...)"
"Poll - Do you think other people would go to work if they had basic income?
80% - No, we probably couldn't make them go to work."
"What kind of work do we have to MAKE people do?
- currently being done in China,
- or by underpaid foreigners here.
Solutions for this work to get done:
1) Pay better,
2) Automate, Reduce demand
3) Do it yourself"
"Lets ask the cashier lady 'Would you still come to work if you had a basic income?'
- YES, it would be too boring at home; I like my job, I meet lots of people."
"I really think work and income need to be separated; there is a lot of work needed that isn't being done because there is no money there - and a basic income would solve that problem."
"How to finance it?
- start explanation at 59m - all taxes gone, only VAT
- practical explanation at 1h14m"