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  • I'm in San Francisco California with a large group of people here

  • who are really into the idea of basic income

  • which the concept that everybody should be given enough money every month to provide for basic human necessities

  • And my project is to interrupt them and ask them about it.

  • Can I get you for a minute?

  • One of the main reasons for basic income is that our economic system is messed up.

  • It sucks wealth to the very top so that as the economy grows

  • the rich get richer but everybody else doesn't.

  • The campaign for basic income is not a strategy for dealing with poverty,

  • It is the abolition of poverty.

  • All people in the world have value and they should be recognized for the value that they provide. Not go hungry.

  • Shouldn't everybody have to work to earn money though?

  • Does your mom work if she stayed home and took care of you?

  • Your life will be drastically different your mom wasn't giving away that free work.

  • There's a lot of creative potential in the world and a lot of it is spent on things that people don't really care about.

  • Things that bring them money in order to subsist.

  • And so with the basic income people can work on creative endeavors that are less monetizable.

  • Like being an artist or a musician.

  • When kids are little we tell them all that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up

  • But that's actually a lie.

  • Because you can only be what you want to be if you have the money to support yourself

  • Basic Income turns that lie into a truth because it gives people a way to support themselves until they can be what it is that they want to be.

  • To me basic income is about empowering everybody to be in control of their destiny.

  • The notion of freedom.

  • It's something that's especially valued in America. And people get really riled up about it.

  • But when you look at most people's lives, there actually isn't freedom in their work.

  • I think you need the freedom to say no.

  • And you don't have this freedom of saying no today because everyone needs to work to make a living.

  • And I think everybody should be able to make a living because they're human beings.

  • That's why we need a basic income.

  • Because it creates the freedom, the real freedom, that enables you to say no.

  • Having a job is important but really at the foundation of having a job is having a role in society.

  • What we should do is work of course and contribute to society. But in a way we find meaningful.

  • I support Basic Income to ensure a basic level of economic stability to all people.

  • People make better decisions about how to use their money somebody who doesn't even know them like some government entities.

  • Studies have shown now the most effective way to get people out of poverty is just give people money.

  • Some people might not get food stamps.

  • Some people might need to pay for their education. Maybe a new start up or a business.

  • We need to figure out solutions to climate change

  • take a really hard look at racism, police brutality, violence in our society

  • I think in order to solve these problems we need the energy of all the people

  • who are currently trapped in jobs where they're not producing anything except for profit.

  • Basic income can liberate us from the obsession that activity is a good in and of itself as long as it generates money.

  • I don't think that's true. And I think it's obvious to everybody that it's not true.

  • Why basic income?

  • Because I wanna world that works for everybody.

  • I support the basic income because it would be the first step towards system change.

  • So people would not leave in a state of constant fearing losing their jobs, losing their security

  • There's this constant fear and really evident throughout the workplace

  • that if I don't send an email to my boss at three in the morning

  • they're going to think that I'm slacking off

  • it uses so much energy to hold on to that amount of fear

  • that when it comes to trying to do something positive there's no time.

  • People say oh I don't have the time. I have to earn my money.

  • I have to deal with my daily problems.

  • But when they have their basic needs covered with basic income, this argument doesn't count anymore.

  • Because now they have the time if they want.

  • Basic income enables democracy.

  • In a democracy you need to be able to participate.

  • In governance, discussion, just getting involved.

  • And you can only do that to the extent that you have the time in the resources to do so.

  • Technology is changing our world faster than ever.

  • On one hand it's making our processes more efficient.

  • On the other hand its resulting in unemployment and instability in people's lives.

  • As we use technology to automate work that humans are doing, every human should feel some of that benefit.

  • Some of that economic freedom.

  • Maybe having a future where people don't have to work 40 hours a week.

  • We need to change our mentality.

  • It's not all about constantly working a job.

  • It's about sharing prosperity that we're creating.

  • And shifting towards a society that really supports an automated future.

  • So we need some system that's built into our economy.

  • So that automatically, as the tide rises, all boats, not just the yachts---all boats, rise with it.

  • The future of work with the automation will come.

  • And it will not support the people by itself.

  • If the people that own the automation just receive all the rewards of it,

  • there's no way that society could never keep up with that.

  • Computerization is going to hollow out the middle income of America.

  • This means that all jobs that are routine will be computerized or robots will be deployed to do these jobs.

  • It's interesting being here with all the talk about robots.

  • But I think we should be doing this with or without robots.

  • We have an abundance and it's just morally unacceptable

  • that we now have enough stuff but are not distributing it to everyone and their basic needs are met

  • I live in San Francisco where there are 6,500 homeless people

  • and that should not be happening in a city of such immense incredible wealth.

  • And one of the ways to end that is to provide some amount of power to people have no power at this moment

  • People who are squeezed. And can be taken advantage of because they are squeezed.

  • A lot of people will reject basic income because they think no one should get something for nothing right?

  • I would just say why not.

  • If we're going to increase happiness. If we're going to increase social stability.

  • I love the concept of basic income because they make sure that everybody has a place to start.

  • We live in a time here in the US where we are so politically and ideologically divided

  • that we can't get anything done. We can't agree on anything.

  • well I believe a universal basic income is not left or right. It's forward.

  • This is something that we can all agree upon.

  • Everyone from Milton Friedman to MLK agrees it's the right thing to do i.

  • In Milton Friedman's case it's the just thing to do in that it decreases the complexity of government.

  • Can cut bureaucracy.

  • And from MLK's perspective, it's the way to end the cycle of poverty and economic injustice.

  • This is a simple and in terms of administration...quite cheap cost effective way to dramatically reduce poverty.

  • The benefits from that would be enormous.

  • Basic income allows us to stop competing with each other and start co-operating with each other.

  • With a diminished sense of competition and a greater sense of like we're all in this together and we're all looking out for each other

  • people would be able to contribute a lot more in terms of community.

  • It just would I think create more compassion and less inequality.

  • We have decided that people have a right not to be property.

  • And we can decide that people have a right not to live in poverty.

  • The last person to be asked. This is big.

  • So what's one thing about basic income that probably hasn't been touched on yet?

  • I think that it's achievable.

  • It's not like a feature of futurism.

  • It's a very real world achievable goal.

  • I'd like to thank everybody who helped me out on this video and everybody who organized the basic income createathon event.

  • I had a great time. And at the event I was asked why do I support a basic income.

  • And I'll give you ten reasons over there.

  • Some work reasons up there.

  • And those robots scare me too. I talk about it over here.

  • And I'll include a link below that has links to all the other projects that were created just in that weekend. 24 hour films style.

  • Please like and share in it he like Patreon, please check me out there too.

  • Thanks for watching.

I'm in San Francisco California with a large group of people here

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なぜベーシックインカムなのか? (Why Basic Income?)

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    王惟惟 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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