That’s what many on the Left have told us. But their cure for life appears to be on its deathbed.
As Technocracy News reports,
Silicon Valley loves the idea of universal basic income. Many in the tech elites tout it as the answer to job losses caused by automation, if only people would give it a chance.
The idea is that all citizens receive a set amount of money from the government to cover food, housing, and clothing, without regard to income or employment status. This minimum stipend can be supplemented with wages from work. Advocates say it will help fight poverty by giving people the flexibility to find work and strengthen their safety net, or that it offers a way to support people who might be negatively affected by automation.
Automation? How does automation negatively affect somebody? That’s like saying the remote control put TV-channel-changers out of work.
Automation is technological advancement. That means, mankind advances. How many people did the computer put to work? Here’s one answer.
If you’re looking for a college major that gives you an incredible job outlook, we have two words for you: computer science.
There are almost 10 times more US computing jobs open right now than there were students who graduated with computer science degrees in 2015.
The Obama White House predicted that by 2020, there would be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available, and only about 400,000 computer science graduates who have the skills necessary to apply for those jobs. Keep in mind these are just “open” jobs. What about the many that have been filled? Further, what about the jobs that will be created as time continues- the illusive “new jobs.” And we are only talking about the United States.
So millions of computer-related jobs have been created. And try to imagine doing your job without the help of a computer, or the software that runs it. Excel, Word, the accounting package your company uses, and so on. The amount of time saved in man-hours is incalculable. Further, the computer exploded the career choices of many. Graphic artists, writers, audio-visual, etc. People don’t even need to be creative as they can sell (or resell) on eBay, or earn money from a blog.
In short, millions of people need to contribute nothing to the world, and yet can still make a living. However, there are Leftists losers who still want something for nothing mandated by the government.
The idea of universal basic income seem to be falling flat, however.
The article continues,
Back in June we declared, “Basic income could work—if you do it Canada style.” We talked to the people on the ground getting the checks in Ontario’s 4,000-person test and saw how it was changing the community. Then, just two months later, it was announced that the program is ending in the new year rather than running for three years. The last checks will be delivered to participants in March 2019.
We’ve been waiting for basic-income data for a while. In 2016, MIT Technology Review predicted that “in 2017, we will find out if basic income makes sense.” There were two main tests we were waiting on. First there was Finland’s promising basic-income program, which received a lot of hype when it was launched in 2017. Then, in 2018, it was revealed that the program would not yet be extended beyond its original trial period. Another experiment, from tech incubator Y Combinator, has also faced more delays, pushing the experiment into 2019.
The experiment has been delayed by the Trump Effect.
The election of Donald Trump stirred the souls of many. People who were previously idle got jobs. Most got real jobs, and not the menial jobs of the Obama era. Others became entrepreneurs. Their creative juices flowing, they now invent and hope to become the next new idea billionaire.
Human nature detests dependency on another. One can be trained to accept nothing but charity, but soon that charity becomes entitlement. Let’s hope the Trump Era restores sanity to the idiots who wish to change man’s innate nature.