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  •  I think the idea is to change work (4+ / 0-)

    as we know it. Instead of having two kinds of workers--the overworked and the under-employed--we could spread the work that's worth doing around. Instead of having the mass of humanity all competing for an ever-shrinking number of jobs, we could make it feasible for the overworked to work less and the under-employed to work more without the fear of losing any "benefits."

    With a basic income I see it becoming more possible for a kind of Brooklyn hipster kind of economy. With a basic income to fall back on, there might be more folks willing to take a shot at being an artisanal pickle maker or brewing small-batch gin or making leather belts--small scale local crafts instead of large scale industrial factories.

    With a basic income to support them, I'm hoping that there will be less exploitation of workers. Less people jumping off of the roof of the factory where they are making our Iphones; less families crossing the desert risking rape to find a decent job.

    The basic income could work like those micro-loans in third world countries, supporting local businesses and creating viable local economies. Except grants instead of loans, and consistent money that folks can count on.

    "Imagine all the people, sharing all the world." --John Lennon. Follow me @riseupeconomics

    by RiseUpEconomics on Mon May 13, 2013 at 05:25:26 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, what this would probably do is (3+ / 0-)
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      Neuroptimalian, Lonely Texan, i know

      turn the wage structure for some jobs totally upside down. Sanitation workers, farm workers, janitors, maids, and a host of other occupations would have to end up on the high end of the pay scale just to attract people willing to do intense physical work.

      Can you imagine the competition for a job at McDonald's in that scenario? Of course, the whole fast food industry would probably change drastically at the same time...

      Sorry, but my mind keeps playing with this - I may be back again with more semi-relevant comments.

      At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

      by serendipityisabitch on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:02:29 PM PDT

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