Basic Income Isn’t the Solution — It’s a Band-Aid on a Broken System
There are better ways to improve the lives of desperate people
A truly radical demand would push back against market fundamentalism and demand that essential services and the necessities of life be decommodified so access to them doesn’t depend on the money in one’s bank account. They would be granted to all, recognizing that economic scarcity is increasingly a product of our refusal to distribute resources fairly, not because we lack enough for everyone to live a happy, healthy, and dignified life.
The first step, in the United States, would be to demand the universal services that are common in most other developed countries: universal healthcare, high-quality public education for all, and highly subsidized (if not free) childcare. But it could go much further.