36 | Human Male | New Orleans | Snarky?
The purchase of Occulus by Facebook for $2 billion is the new best example of the inequality inherent in 21st century capitalism. A few people just got really rich, while the thousands of people who helped build the company from nothing, through $2.5 million of crowdsourced capital and a thriving developer community didn’t.
Every single funder and every single developer should be given their share of Facebook stock. But of course that won’t happen, and this is another reason why we need a basic income. Its time has come.
An unconditional monthly citizen’s dividend to all representing their share of the surpluses not presently being shared with them in a world of ever-rising productivity and stagnant wages would help resolve this problem of the few getting really rich on the backs of the many, while the many get nothing but broken promises.
Palmer Luckey, you helped build something great, but you did not do it alone. Without the Occulus community you would be just another VR dreamer with a phone tied to his face. You are not worth a billion dollars. Compared to the community you just swindled, you aren’t even truly worth anything at all.
Malnourishment is a national concern because we are a nation that cares about its people, how they feel, how they live. We care whether they are well and whether they are happy. First of all there is a moral imperative: Our national conscience requires it. We must because we can. We are the world’s richest nation. We are the best educated nation. We have an agricultural abundance that ranks as a miracle of the modern world. This Nation cannot long continue to live with its conscience if millions of its own people are unable to get an adequate diet.
For the first time - Mr. Moynihan please notice - for the first time, this new family assistance plan would give every American family a basic income, wherever in America that family may live. For the first time, it would put cash into the hands of families because they are poor, rather than because they fit certain categories. When enacted, this measure alone will either supplement the incomes or provide the basis for the incomes of 25 million American men, women, and children. Our basic policies for improvement of the living conditions of the poor are based on this proposition: That the best judge of each family’s priorities is that family itself, that the best way to ameliorate the hardships of poverty is to provide the family with additional income-to be spent as that family sees fit.
Now, some will argue with this proposition. Some argue that the poor cannot be trusted to make their own decisions, and therefore, the Government should dole out food, clothing, and medicines, according to a schedule of what the Government thinks is needed. Well, I disagree. I believe there are no experts present in this great gathering who know more about the realities of hunger and malnutrition than those among you who are here because you have suffered from it; or than those among you who are here who do suffer from it, from great cities, from wornout farms, from barren reservations, from frozen tundra, and tiny islands half a world away.
The task of Government is not to make decisions for you or for anyone. The task of Government is to enable you to make decisions for yourselves. Not to see the truth of that statement is fundamentally to mistake the genius of democracy. We have made too many mistakes of this type-but no more. Our job is to get resources to people in need and then to let them run their own lives.
Awesome! Happy to help progress us all towards a UBI. I’ll continue doing everything I can to increase its awareness and social momentum towards actualized policy.