Saturday 17 May 2008

Basic Income

Basic Income is a visionary social security system that is UK Green Party policy (not that I’m advocating voting for them!) and David Icke wrote about it in It Doesn’t Have to Be Like This. It makes far more sense to me than any other welfare system I’ve heard of. The best thing about it is its simplicity. It works by the state paying every single citizen a certain amount of money; not a king’s ransom, just enough to live on; enough to ensure that that person will not starve or lose their home. The simplicity comes from the fact that there is no means-testing. There is no need for the army of clerical staff, city blocks of offices, security and fraud investigators, humiliating job-seekers interviews, signing-on and dole queues. The payment is set at a single, fixed rate and paid to everyone, rich and poor, able-bodied and disabled, working or not working. This means that if you have a job, you’re still getting your basic income on top of your wages; the tax money you pay to fund the scheme is one you benefit from too; so there’ll be no need to grit your teeth and tear your hair out any more over “lazy scroungers”!

The main criticism of Basic Income is that it removes the incentive to work. But as we’ve been shown time and time again, the idea that people need a whip-cracking negative incentive to work is a myth. It’s a myth very widely-held in Britain unfortunately and is promoted by much respected political figures and some of our best-selling newspapers. Look at the statistics: During the recession of the1980’s unemployment rose to over 3 million, yet after that recession, in the late 90’s, it fell to less that 500,000. Why do people suddenly and mysteriously stop being lazy during boom-times, Margaret Thatcher? I moan about having to go to work sometimes, but last year, when I was off sick for several weeks, I couldn’t wait to get back! And, if you check out my article on Workers’ Cooperatives you’ll understand that if unemployment can be as low as half a million under the current global corporate system, imagine how low it could get in the future when we bring in Workers’ Coops!:

Basic Income is the welfare state of kindness, insight and common sense. It is sadly not in force on a large scale today. There are several local versions in Namibia and Alaska has a form of Basic Income linked to oil profits. I hope a time will come when it is used all over the world. But hopefully a time will come when even it is not needed! In a way, social security of any kind is a symptom of society’s failure; it’s a salve to prevent individual people from going under due to this failure. In an ideal world it would not be necessary. Of course the world we live in is not ideal, but it could be. There’s no point lamenting: “If only the world was a better place!” The world is our creation. If it’s in the state it’s in that’s because of what we’ve done, or haven’t done. We can make it better. It’s our choice!

Here's a website of the Basic Income proponents:


Alex Robinson said...

Good sensible points as always. It's really so very obvious isn't it - and just goes to show our world is run by idiots or dark forces.
I am absolutely sure that if we were free we would each do the things we loved & through a properly functioning human connectiveness all our needs would be met.

Ben Emlyn-Jones said...

Thanks, WW. The very fact that people are contemplating such daring things as Basic Imncome is a sign that the "dark forces" are failing.

Edwin said...

new jersey attractions

things to do in calgary

hotels san antonio

laser hair removal in phoenix

medical furniture

sale by owner

Ottawa apartments

weather Halifax

air conditioning repairs in san antonio

spas in san antonio

Unknown said...

Of course this is completely sensible. Same system I imagined when I was examining economics as a child.

Anonymous said...

Surfing around I noticed your web site book-marked
as: Blogger: HPANWO. I am assuming you bookmarked
it yourself and wanted to ask if social book-marking gets
you a good deal of site visitors? I've been looking at doing some social bookmarking for a few of my websites but wasn't
sure if it would yield any positive results. Appreciate it.

Also visit my website short term homes for rent
my web page :: short term rental contract owner

Anonymous said...

Hey there. I was thinking of adding a link back to your
site since both of our web sites are based mostly
around the same subject. Would you prefer I link to
you using your site address:
g?blogID=954399895702774449&postID=2829193154377376860 or web site title: Blogger: HPANWO.
Please make sure to let me know at your earliest
convenience. Thankyou

Also visit my weblog; gas furnace heating systems

Anonymous said...

Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than
just your articles? I mean, what you say is valuable and everything.
Nevertheless think of if you added some
great pictures or video clips to give your posts more,
"pop"! Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, this website
could certainly be one of the very best in its field.
Great blog!

Check out my site ... furnace troubleshooting chart
my web site > furnace blower motor troubleshooting

Anonymous said...

Does your blog have a contact page? I'm having problems locating it but, I'd like
to send you an e-mail. I've got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

Feel free to visit my web page furnace repair hvac

Anonymous said...

Hey! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
He always kept chatting about this. I will forward
this page to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for

Also visit my web blog :: Plano rheem furnace repair

Anonymous said...

Wonderful blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
I'm hoping to start my own site soon but I'm a little lost on everything.
Would you advise starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option?
There are so many options out there that I'm totally confused .. Any suggestions? Kudos!

Stop by my homepage ::

Anonymous said...

Hi! I hope you don't mind but I decided to publish your weblog: to my internet directory. I used, "Blogger: HPANWO" as your blog title. I hope this is fine with you. If you'd like me to change the title or remove it completely,
contact me at Thanks a

My web-site; emergency home repair program
my webpage - home construction

Anonymous said...

Gday administrator, I just wanted to give you a quick heads
up that your current Link: http://www.blogger.
is being flagged as a potentially malicious web page in my browser
internet explorer. I would highly recommend having somebody look into it.
You can lose a lot of guests due to this problem.
Best of Luck.

my webpage - exercise bikes for sale ebay

Anonymous said...

Your weblog seems to be having some compatibilty problems in my internet explorer browser.
The content appears to be running off the page pretty bad.
If you would like you can e-mail me at: danebilodeau@t-online.

de and I'll shoot you over a screen grab of the problem.

Look at my web site: pink studio shoes

Anonymous said...

I've loaded your site in Three totally different internet browsers and I must say your blog loads a lot faster then most. Would you mind emailing me the company name of your hosting company? My personal e-mail is: I will even sign up through your affiliate link if you would like. Thank you

Here is my blog;

Anonymous said...

First of all I would like to say awesome blog!
I had a quick question that I'd like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I've had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out.
I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the
first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin.
Any ideas or hints? Cheers!

Also visit my blog :: remodeling bathroom

Anonymous said...

I have loaded your blog in Three completely different web browsers and I
must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most.
Would you mind contacting me the name of your web hosting
company? My personal email is: isabell_edmonds@gmail.

com. I will even sign up through your own affiliate link if you'd like. Thankyou

My homepage - electric circuit simulator freeware

Anonymous said...

I'm curious to find out what blog system you are using? I'm having some minor security problems with my latest website and I would like to find something more secure.
Do you have any solutions?

My website computer parts pictures free

Anonymous said...

Surfing around I noticed your blog book-marked as:
Blogger: HPANWO. Now I am assuming you bookmarked it yourself and wanted to ask if
social bookmarking gets you a bunch of visitors? I've been considering doing some bookmarking for a few of my websites but wasn't sure if it would generate any positive results.
Many thanks.

Also visit my webpage - central heating and cooling

Anonymous said...

Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog jump out.
Please let me know where you got your design. Thanks

Feel free to surf to my weblog; men's ballroom dance shoes

Anonymous said...

Hey! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.

Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I'm thinking about
creating my own but I'm not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Many thanks

My blog post rs 485 transceiver full duplex

Anonymous said...

With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright infringement?

My blog has a lot of exclusive content I've either written myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any ways to help protect against content from being ripped off? I'd truly appreciate it.

Also visit my website ... usb host driver not found

Anonymous said...

Howdy! This blog post could not be written any better! Going through this post reminds me of my
previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this.
I most certainly will send this information to him. Fairly
certain he will have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!

My homepage titleist 913 driver review golfwrx

Anonymous said...

I seldom leave remarks, but i did some searching
and wound up here "Basic Income". And I do have a few
questions for you if it's allright. Is it only me or does it give the impression like a few of the comments look like they are left by brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are writing on other online social sites, I would like to follow anything fresh you have to post. Could you make a list of every one of your social sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

Also visit my blog:

Anonymous said...

This is the right webpage for everyone who would like to understand this topic.
You realize a whole lot its almost hard to argue
with you (not that I actually would want to…HaHa).

You definitely put a new spin on a topic which has been written about for
years. Great stuff, just wonderful!

my site ... clear

Anonymous said...

Thank you a lot for sharing this with all folks you actually realize what you're talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly additionally talk over with my website =). We will have a link exchange contract among us

my blog post;

Anonymous said...

You are so cool! I don't suppose I've read something like that before.
So wonderful to discover someone with some unique thoughts on this issue.
Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This site is something that's needed on the web, someone with a little originality!

My web page :: subluxation degeneration

Anonymous said...

Hiya! My partner and I frequently publish guest posts for other blog site owners to help gain publicity to our work,
as well as provide excellent articles to weblog owners.
It truly is a win win situation! If you're interested feel free to contact me at: so we can discuss further. Thankyou!

Visit my homepage :: furnished rentals vancouver bc

Anonymous said...

It's going to be ending of mine day, except before finish I am reading this great piece of writing to increase my knowledge.

Also visit my web page; full swing golf simulator

Anonymous said...

We absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post's to be exactly I'm looking for.

Does one offer guest writers to write content for yourself?
I wouldn't mind composing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome site!

My weblog: computer part wholesalers usa

Anonymous said...

Hello! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group?
There's a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Many thanks

Also visit my web blog ... memory card for xbox 360 4gb

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I'm truly enjoying the design of your site. Are you using a customized theme or is this readily available to all users? If you really don't want to
say the name of it out in the public, please e-mail me at: I'd absolutely love to get my hands on this template! Cheers.

my web page: high tech high school nj

Anonymous said...

Howdy, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam responses?
If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
I get so much lately it's driving me crazy so any help is very much appreciated.

My webpage: refrigerator repair stockton ca

Anonymous said...

I have been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or blog
posts in this sort of area . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon
this website. Studying this information So i am satisfied to show that I've a very good uncanny feeling I came upon exactly what I needed. I most surely will make certain to do not forget this website and provides it a glance on a constant basis.

Also visit my homepage: lung pain or back pain

Anonymous said...

Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message
home a little bit, but other than that, this
is magnificent blog. A fantastic read. I will certainly be back.

Also visit my web site: Chiropractor

Anonymous said...

You are so awesome! I do not think I've read through anything like that before. So good to discover someone with original thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing that's needed on the internet, someone
with a bit of originality!

My web-site - Chiropractic Care And Pregnancy

Anonymous said...

It's awesome to go to see this web page and reading the views of all colleagues regarding this post, while I am also zealous of getting know-how.

my webpage athletic director interview questions

Anonymous said...

Hello! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would be okay. I'm undoubtedly enjoying
your blog and look forward to new updates.

Look into my page; shoulder exercises at home

Anonymous said...

Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it
to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She
put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it
pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know
this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

Feel free to surf to my site Las Vegas Golf Schools

Anonymous said...

Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It really useful
& it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back
and help others like you helped me.

Also visit my weblog :: katana sushi clarksville reviews

Anonymous said...

Hi there, I found your blog by the use of Google even as looking for a comparable topic, your web
site came up, it appears to be like good. I have bookmarked it in my
google bookmarks.
Hello there, simply became aware of your blog through Google, and
located that it's truly informative. I'm gonna be careful for brussels.
I will appreciate for those who continue this in future.

Numerous other folks will likely be benefited from your writing.

Visit my web blog :: callaway golf shirts for men

Anonymous said...

Howdy! Quick question that's completely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My site looks weird when browsing from my iphone 4. I'm trying to find a template or plugin that might
be able to resolve this problem. If you have any
recommendations, please share. Many thanks!

My web-site: sterling plumbing accord

Anonymous said...

Simply desire to say your article is as astounding.
The clearness in your post is simply spectacular and i could assume you're an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the enjoyable work.

Feel free to surf to my blog post :: St Cloud Floral

Anonymous said...

I do not know whether it's just me or if perhaps everyone else experiencing issues with your site. It appears as if some of the text on your content are running off the screen. Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This could be a problem with my web browser because I've had this
happen before. Many thanks

My homepage: chiropractic software reviews

Anonymous said...

I do trust all of the concepts you've introduced to your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for newbies. May you please prolong them a little from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

Here is my blog -

Anonymous said...

Hello there, You've done a great job. I'll certainly digg it and personally
recommend to my friends. I am confident they'll be benefited from this web site.

My site ...

Anonymous said...

Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't appear. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that
over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say great

Here is my blog;

Anonymous said...

I've read several good stuff here. Certainly value bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how much attempt you put to make one of these great informative website.

Here is my website :: personal injury attorney

Anonymous said...

Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested
to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.
My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views.
I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with

Also visit my web site appliance repair company

Anonymous said...

Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
A theme like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog jump out.
Please let me know where you got your design. Thank you

Feel free to visit my homepage ... appliance repair company

Anonymous said...

Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
A theme like yours with a few simple tweeks would really
make my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your design.
Thank you

Here is my web blog appliance repair company