What Is Universal Basic Income and How it Could Change Our Lives

Universal Basic Income is a form of social security in which the state covers the cost of living for all residents. This is an ambitious social policy that is gaining momentum as an alternative to welfare because it provides citizens with just enough money to be above the poverty line, the minimum basic income. Many argue that UBI will provide a better quality of living for poor and low income families, while eliminating welfare and bureaucracy.

Each country has its own individual path to UBI depending on local currency values, taxes, defense budgets, the state of welfare, and the country’s wealth. A successful UBI will transfer the wealth of society while keeping the free market in tact, because poor people will begin spending money. The easiest way for them to get this money is by eliminating welfare and the government agencies associated with welfare, which creates free funds to offer UBI. The easiest isn’t always the best though, because eliminating welfare could potentially leave people off worse than before. Universal Basic Income might seem simple on paper, but tests show there are many factors that may lead to its success or failure.


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