Completely agree, there needs to be a discussion about the "Basic Income” model. I’m wondering whether you’ve read Dmytri Kleiner’s polemical article on Furtherfield recently ‘Universal Basic Income Is a Neoliberal Plot To Make You Poorer’?
He says, “The reason many people on the left are excited about proposals such as universal basic income is that they acknowledge economic inequality and its social consequences. However, a closer look at how UBI is expected to work reveals that it is intended to provide political cover for the elimination of social programs and the privatization of social services. The Liberal Party's resolution is no exception. Calling for "Savings in health, justice, education and social welfare as well as the building of self-reliant, taxpaying citizen," clearly means social cuts and privatization.”
Well worth a read, it received a lot of interest and has had 46,938 reads so far, which is a measurement of interest, not agreement of course ;-)http://www.furtherfield.org/features/articles/universal-basic-income-neoliberal-plot-make-you-poorer
Wishing you well.