Basic income would remove massive work disincentives created by our current array of means-tested programs. Check out this chart from this 538 piece; a single parent is worse off earning $8k than $7k, and that doesn’t even include all the means-tested programs that can overlap to produce worse disincentives.

If you use the roads in another state, you’re using taxpayer money you didn’t earn or deserve. Since we’re already giving money to the poor in some way, we may as well do it most effectively. The argument that everyone should have a job is about to be turned on its head as artificial intelligence learns to do 80% of existing jobs in the next couple decades.

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Economist. Founder and president of the UBI Center. Studied at MIT and UC Berkeley. YIMBY. Former Google data scientist.

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