I’ve been aware of the Basic Income movement for some years but, until recently, I’d never given it serious consideration, seeing their goal (of an unconditional basic income for everyone) as an idea which had even less chance of being implemented than the inheritance-for-all reforms which I’ve been advocating myself. However, an exchange on OpenDemocracy prompted me to think about it more carefully and it seems to me there is a synergy between the two sets of ideas which could bring them both within reach.
In search of healthy government
After many years thinking about how a healthy society should govern itself, I’ve settled on a number of key reforms that I think would make Britain’s political system fit for a mature society.
Unfortunately, however, none of my attempts to get meaningful reform introduced through existing political processes have made any progress. After seeing the constitutional contortions of the second half of 2019, I have come to the conclusion that the reforms we need cannot happen unless some kind of societal collapse takes place.
Up to now, it’s been hard to see what might precipitate that but I think the measures taken in response to the current pandemic do make it look far more plausible.
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