Universal basic income won’t replace work, but could make it more humane | Anna Dent

Finland’s experiment with unconditional payments suggests a way to undermine our society’s damaging fixation with work

The danger of so-called “free money” not only underpins critiques of universal basic income (UBI), but also the incredibly strong narratives that underlie the attitudes to work in the UK (and elsewhere) – and our unemployment benefit system. Paid employment is held up as one of the ultimate markers of being a valuable member of society, with those not in paid work (always described in these narratives as a voluntary position, rather than as the result of issues outside their control) seen as a drain on society. Those out of work are positioned in direct contrast to those in paid employment: the shirkers versus the strivers, the “welfare dependent” versus the hardworking families.

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Source: The Guardian
Universal basic income won’t replace work, but could make it more humane | Anna Dent