Well said Rob.
On 09/09/16 22:46, Rob Myers wrote:
On Fri, 9 Sep 2016, at 02:54 AM, marc garrett wrote:
“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
Neoliberal proposals for UBI are obviously Neoliberal and
should be opposed on that basis. But the left's engagement with
UBI goes a long way past that.
"Inventing The Future" pages 118-123 (footnotes 91-119) lays
out the grounds for left UBI clearly. Or I pulled out some
quotes relevant to the above in May of this year -
"The conservative argument for a basic income – which must be
avoided at all costs – is that it should simply replace the
welfare state by providing a lump sum of money to every
individual. In this scenario, the UBI would just become a vector
of increased marketisation, transforming social services into
private markets. Rather than being some aberration of
neoliberalism, it would simply extend its essential gesture by
creating new markets. By contrast, the demand made here is for
UBI as a supplement to a revived welfare state."
This demand is not intended to be made in a vacuum or as an
end in itself. "Inventing The Future" proposes it as part of a
broader political programme, and as an answer to a particular
set of political problems.
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