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Tue May 22, 2018, 11:09 AM

The 'Monsters, Inc.' Argument for Unconditional Basic Income

"We didnít abolish slavery as an institution. We simply went from one form of slavery (chattel slavery), to another form of slavery (wage slavery)."


Source: Medium, by Scott Santens

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'Monsters, Inc.' takes place in a universe that literally runs on fear. Monsters enter the human world at night through bedroom closets to scare children for the purpose of energy production. You see, whereas the world we know mostly runs on fossil fuels, hydropower, nuclear, and increasingly solar and wind, the world of monsters runs on the emotion of fear. When kids scream, their screams are harvested as energy. That energy powers a world of monsters. And so every night, monsters enter the world of humans, to make children scream, to mine their fear.

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Believe it or not, we live in that same kind of world. We discovered something monstrous that works, and we use it to drive our economy. Weíve done it for so long, we donít even question it, and we never even tested a far more powerful alternative. What works we discovered is an economy based on the fear of death by poverty, where fear of death is used to compel people into working, and what we never tested (until recently that is) is an economy where there is no fear of death by poverty, where all work is thus fully voluntary.

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Think of it this way. One method of forcing someone to do something is to physically choke them. If they do what you want, you stop choking them. If they donít do what you want, you keep choking them until they do. The other method involves gaining control over all the air, and then telling people that if they do what you want, youíll give them pieces of paper that they can use to pay for air. If they donít do what you want, you donít give them any access to air until they do. Both involve the restricting of air supplies. Both are based on the fear of death by asphyxiation. Both involve choices where the choice is life or death, which isnít really a choice at all. Both are forms of domination, but one is direct, and the other is indirect.

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We can create a world that runs on joy instead of fear. We can choose to do that. We can choose to remove the guns pointed at everyoneís heads, and in so doing liberate everyone with the freedom to voluntarily pursue whatever pursuits they find most meaningful. All thatís required is to abolish the fear of death by poverty. Unconditional basic income does that.

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Read it all at: https://medium.com/basic-income/the-monsters-inc-argument-for-unconditional-basic-income-3b22b63eed3e


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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 04:37 PM

1. Recommended.

Some will argue that the US cannot "afford" a universal basic income.

I would argue that the US cannot afford to not have one.

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Sat Jan 18, 2020, 10:39 PM

2. Beautiful thread

Was great to see it. It should be pinned to the greatest page.

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