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A Universal Basic Income Would Engorge the Paternal State

• fee.org by Max Borders

ot since the carbon tax has there been a proposal hotter than that of the universal basic income (UBI). Big Tech luminaries such as Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk have expressed support for the scheme.

The idea is that some ultra-lean government body cuts everyone a check periodically. No one is left to live in poverty, because once you establish a reasonable poverty line, the UBI ensures no one lives below it.

For the poorest among us, life won't be easy. But everyone under a UBI can meet his or her basic needs. No matter one's income, each citizen will get, say, $1,200 a month. A UBI combines economic efficiency favored by the right with redistributive aspects favored by the left.

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