Scandinavia, the Socialist Utopia™, has always been fun to watch.
Finland has just unveiled plans to pay every citizen $1,100 per month in lieu of any welfare benefits. Specifically:
The tax-free payments would replace all other benefit payments, and would be paid to all adults regardless of whether or not they receive any other income.
The “logic” behind this move is as follows: Unemployment is at record levels (ah, socialism) and the only available jobs are paying so low (ah, socialism) that if unemployed people got jobs, they’d lose their welfare benefits which would be less than their new low-paying job. Therefore, paying people $1,100 a month for no reason will “encourage more people back to work.”
Haha! Make sense? Of course not.
They call it a “national basic income.”
A survey commissioned by Kela found that close to 70 percent of the population favours the idea of a national basic income.
Hahahaha! Of course they do! “Hello sir, we’re taking a survey. Would you like $1,100 a month paid to you without you having to work or do anything else?”
Who the hell would say no to this?
The amazing part is that the goverment of Finland says, “Ah, people want free money from us. It must be a good idea then.”
Detractors caution that a basic income would remove people’s incentive to work and lead to higher unemployment
Nooooo. Ya think?
Those in favour point to previous experiments where a basic income has been successfully trialled. The Canadian town of Dauphin experimented with a basic income guarantee in the Seventies and the results – both social and economic – were largely positive.
1. If you’re only dealing with a town of 8,000 people instead of an entire country with millions of people, you can pull off all kinds of crazy shit.
2. What exactly is “largely positive?” I love how none of this is quantified.
It’s insane, but at least it’s honest. If you’re going to be hardcore socialist, be honest about it. I once said that the United States should cancel all welfare / social security / food stamps type programs, and just write a tax-free check to every adult in the US for $50,000 once a year on January 1st.
It would be a cluster-fuck, but then at least we could discuss this issue honestly, both about the type of people who receive this money and about the harm it does to the economy and long-term economic future of the nation.