I always chuckle at some of the socialistic movements around the globe and how they fly in the face of basic human nature. For example, right now in Switzerland there is an activist group called Generation Basic Income. Its goal is to change the nation’s constitution (Stephan Faris “The Swiss Join the Fight Against Inequality” Bloomberg Businessweek, 1/20/14–1/26/14, pp. 45–46):
“to guarantee every citizen a yearly income of 30,000 Swiss francs ($33,000)—whether they work or not.” (p. 45)
To the proverbial question, how’s that working for you? (pun intended) I predict it is not working. When people do not work, things do not work and society does not work.
Psychologically, sociologically, spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and mentally, we are made to work. We are designed to be productive. Everything about our lives and our world is better when we are actively engaged in contributing to our world’s good.
I suppose it just seems easier to pass a law that guarantees everyone $33,000 per year, working or not. While we are at it, we should make the minimum wage $1,000 per hour. Wouldn’t that solve a lot of problems?