Thursday, May 21, 2015

Finance: Living Stipend Encourages Work, Not Laziness

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If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for life. Anonymous

If you build a robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat? Scott Santens

The concept is taken out of so many borderline-prophetic science-fiction novels: pay the population a living stipend, just enough to cover their daily basic needs.

If you pay someone just to live, the critics ask, won't that encourage a lazy workforce?

Not so. According to Guy Standing from the University of London, "When people stop working out of fear, they become more productive."

While I'm glad to hear someone it working on the problem, and with what seems like a decent head on their shoulders, I feel like starting in the US is a bad idea. It's not so much the people as it is the size of the country. The solution (and the problem) may not be easily scalable (or scalable at all).

Even if it were done to satisfaction in England, which scales to about the size of the state of Illinois, I think it would be easier for Americans to start thinking "Yeah, maybe we could do that too." England is also a primarily English-speaking country, which also aids in translation-free cross-communication and sharing of ideas.


  1. and the fear is?????? being let go? no ability to do the job? I agree fear can and often is a HUGE contributing factor in not trying.....anything.

    1. Fear of being fired for: proposing improvements to "the way things are done," asking for a raise or promotion, complaining of harassment or discrimination... to name a few.

      Think of all the shit you've put up with at all of the jobs you've ever held, put up with because you had someone you had to care for, someone who depended on you for their well being.