It will no doubt be mortifying, but do it!
Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole.
Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.
The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.
But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.
"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"
"But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”
"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”
I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!
The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)
And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!
Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.
And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.
Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.
And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.
The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?
TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.
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They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours.
But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.
Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.
sometimes I think back to the interviews Christopher Eccleston did while he was the Doctor and how he talked about how great it was that the series was moving away from the sexism of previous series and then I look at the show now and I just feel so sad
Wait. Not sad. What’s the other thing?
A Bootable Mind: Benedict Cumberbatch is tortured, code-breaking maths genius Alan Turing in Oscar hopeful The Imitation Game
"Everybody feels it’s an important story to tell and wants to be part of it. It’s been phenomenal." For his English-language debut, Norwegian director Morten Tyldum couldn’t really have a higher calibre cast: Benedict Cumberbatch as genius codebreaker Alan Turing, Keira Knightley as his confidante and sometime fiancée, supporting roles filled by the likes of Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Rory Kinnear. "Anybody you ask, they say ‘Of course I want to do this!’"
Tyldum’s 2011 adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s crime novel Headhunters secured audiences and adoration, yet it hardly suggested him for a period piece about a British mathematician.
But Turing was no ordinary number-cruncher. Best known for his work as a genius codebreaker at Bletchey Park during World War II, he was crucial to the fight against the Nazis. However, he died in disgrace in 1954, after having been convicted of “gross indecency” for a gay relationship. Given how much British society has changed since the 1940s, you could argue that a Scandinavian director is no more a stranger to it than a contemporary UK filmmaker would be.
"That you could actually, just for being gay, have to choose between chemical castration—having to take hormones that are so heavy, serious, that you cannot function sexually at all—or be sent to jail… It’s incredible," says Tyldum. "But there’s so much more. It is such a complex story. It was the gay rights element, but also how his ideas were kept secret and how incredibly important his work was during the war, that he was never given credit for it. It’s such a complicated life and that’s why it’s been a privilege to try and make it as many-sided as possible."
Add the casting of Cumberbatch and this could well crack the Oscar code. “Not all actors can play geniuses and Benedict can do it so well because there’s such an inner life,” says Tyldum. “His portrayal of Turing is beautiful.”—Empire Magazine, August 2014 issue
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Parents will not believe the 2nd and 3rd ones
… Okay the second one made me stop and think, because OH MY GOD IT’S TRUE. The best year I ever had in school I realize was the same year my brother and I were completely obsessed with Chrono Trigger. We played it together constantly. We’d take turns with segments, I’d read the dialogue (getting completely into the roles) he’d do the tedious leveling up, and took turns with bosses. It was our entire lives for a little less than a year… and it was the only year of my school life where I got only one two C’s, the rest were all A’s and B’s. (With an A in science. An ‘A’! My worst subject! )
So hell yeah I believe it.
Here’s a source if you people want to read about the 2nd one
Seriously, Rugrats was not fucking around.
People don’t give Rugrats enough credit for how progressive it was. I mean think about it.
- Chuckie, for most of the series is raised by a single father
- Angelica’s mother was a high ranking corporate executive
- Phil and Lil’s mom was a feminist
- She also breastfed them (which the show actually depicted)
- Tommy is half-Jewish and the show actually explored this part of his heritage
Seriously, this show was fucking amazing!! They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore….
Also don’t forget that Chuckie had an interracial family after the second movie.
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