[P2P-F] Fwd: UBI ands the Precariat

Michel Bauwens michel at p2pfoundation.net
Thu Jan 19 04:53:46 CET 2017

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From: John Restakis <restakis at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 4:56 AM
Subject: Re: UBI ands the Precariat

Hi All,

Yet one more cautionary tale about the misuse of UBI, this one coming from
the much touted initiative in Finland.

"It is technically possible to create a broad-based UBI that increases
worker bargaining power and leisure while decreasing inequality and
poverty, especially in a wealthy country like the United States.

But it is just as possible to redirect the energy behind a liberatory UBI
into implementing a conservative one
forcing unemployed workers into bad jobs while undermining organized labor,
earnings equality, and the welfare state.

Indeed, it is even possible to pull off such a bait-and-switch while
convincing the rest of the world that you are engaged in progressive

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