"That is the sort of freedom that sounds like blasphemy to conventional,
liberal, 'free-market' economists. In today’s understanding of the
economic facts, individuals have the freedom to choose how they are
exploited – but they cannot choose to escape exploitation, unless they
are born wealthy. Basic income seeks to change that, not just because it
is the right thing to do but because the coming labour crisis may soon
leave world governments, whatever their orthodoxy, with no other choice.
'If we don’t disconnect work and income, humans will have to compete
more and more with computers,' Bohmeyer explains. 'This is a competition
they will lose sooner than we think. The result will be mass
unemployment,' he says, 'and no money left for consumption.'"
I look forward to these tests.