This is why I always say that if we want an idea of how life will be under UBI, we should look at the current lives of the wealthy.

Labor won’t suddenly completely dry up, for the same reason that those who are wealthy enough not to need to work often end up performing volunteer labor: the more labor is disentanged from survival, the less one is alienated from it (and the more it resembles a hobby). (Under UBI, we also won’t really need to worry about the wealthy performing jobs normally done by the poor at lower rates, since labor flexibility becomes normal rather than the privilege of the elites.)

Written by

Resident hypertext crank. Author of Big and Small Computing: Trajectories for the Future of Software.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store