I am new to this discussion, but my first question is, where does the free money come from? You say money is created by somebody typing numbers into a computer, but I doubt you can give everybody free money in this way. To give money to me, it must be taken from you, or others. Who? How much money are you willing to give up so that it can be given to me? What would you have done with it if it hadn’t been taken from you? Am I grateful for this gift? Or do I just consider it a right, an entitlement?

Here’s my only personal experience with this: Twice in my life I have received unemployment compensation. Both times I avoided finding work until the benefits ran out. 26 weeks of not working each time. One time I even travelled outside the country. I viewed this as free money, and dammit, I had it coming to me. Knowing I had this money coming in definitely influenced my behavior, and reduced my contribution to society.

It should be obvious that this only works if a small proportion of people are taking advantage of it. The amount taken from some to give to others cannot be too much, or they will rebel (i.e., vote for the other party).

But you’re talking about free money — basic income — for everybody.

Money isn’t a free good. For every credit, there is a debit, and they must balance.

I have 3 identities: 1. Science fiction writer. 2. Small business advisor. My sci fi is a hell of a lot more fun! 3. Lonely politics — not right, not left.

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