UBI, Universal Basic Income, is wrong because it’s basic. The ‘B’ should stand for ‘Big’, not ‘Basic’.
UBI is basic because it’d be tax-funded. But a Universal Big Income big enough to replace wages could be funded by social credit.
The pandemic has shown there’s a money tree and it’s not magic. Historically, governments have allowed banks to issue almost all money – as debt. The consequent debt economy, with growth needed to service debt, is inherently destructive of our life-support environment. It also obliges governments to be funded by tax – and by borrowing!
If governments take back their right and responsibility to issue money, they can issue it as social credit. This would fund social spending – healthcare, education and infrastructure – and could also fund a universal big income.
People would then be free to work as much or as little as they want. People might choose to work – for more money, for the pleasure of it, or as a volunteer.
With a generous state income funded by social credit, increasing automation would mean increasing leisure, as it always should have.