Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.

The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.

But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

“BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?” screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. “You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!”

“But where will people get the incentive to work?!” Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. “You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”

“But who will serve me?” grumbled Marty McMoneybags. “Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)

And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!

Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.

And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.

Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.

And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now – new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs – and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.

The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more – which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating – *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?

TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

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They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours. 

But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.

Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.

Is there a link or something where I can read more about Mincome?

allthecanadianpolitics do you have any Info on this?

This is a good read on the Mincome experiment in Canada:

A Canadian City Once Eliminated Poverty And Nearly Everyone Forgot About It

Please signal boost this. Please.

Oh god, if only. There were times when this would have saved me from untold stress and grief–and I would still have been working once I was old enough to work, I just wouldn’t have been in such mortal terror about it. (For years I felt intense reflexive nausea whenever I checked my bank balance. I still fight panic about money stuff, even when I’m doing very well. It is a source of occasional stress in relationships.)

The argument that I would somehow have been lazier and less worthy if I hadn’t been terrified does not move me.

It’s not the nights per-se

It’s not that I dislike nights, exactly, for themselves. The actual experience of running the department at night is way better, in many regards, than running it during the day. No politics, or at least, far fewer politics. The actual shift itself is often pretty good.

The problem is, of course, the unutterable harm it does to me. The exhaustion, the attack on my immune system, and oddly it turns out that when I’m working nights our house becomes a tip.

I’d not made the connection before, because I’ve almost invariably done regular nights. Recently though I had a run of day shifts – and my agency work I’ll almost invariably only do days – but when I’m on days, Kathryn and I work as a team. We cook together, and clean together. The evening plan is to cook a meal together and often as one of us is prepping veg, the other is washing up. Switching over the dish washer. Cleaning the kitchen.

Of course, when I’m on nights suddenly there’s 3 or 4 days when we barely see each other. It completely screws with the system, and suddenly we find we’ve a sink of washing up to do. It’s frustrating and yet another one of those subtle ways that nights screw with your life.





“The system couldn’t be changed?!” So at this gym only MEN can be doctors. Omega level fuckery.

You don’t have to be a feminist for this to anger you. 

Yeah but if this angers you, then you are a feminist. That’s how words work.

They’re blaming it on a ‘bug’ in their system, but code is written by human beings. It isn’t a bug; they found out the code was written by archaic sexist shitheads.





Dear axe, your ad is horrible. Let me explain how:

1) It objectifies women.
2) It tells young men with female friends that they are not “real men”.
3) It tells young women that “real” men don’t want to be their friends, they only want to “tear” their clothing off.
4) It insults men with braids.
5) It is advertising a crappy body spray.

Okay, that last one was just my opinion. The others are facts.

No, that last one was definitely fact.

And, just as a reminder, the same parent company that owns and produces AXE also produces Dove.  Remember that the next time they claim to be ‘women positive’.

“stop being a friend and start being a man” is one of the most fucked up twisted phrases I have ever seen written with sincerity




@ ppl who eat beans on toast: what else do u eat? cheese on bananas? onions on cookies? soup on cereal? do u just go into a cupboard close ur eyes and force urself to eat the first two things you find? why do u like soggy bread? is it because you, yourself, have a soggy personality? let me know

blue isn’t online so i’m going 2 say this for them: historically, beans on toast is something poor people eat because it’s cheap and affordable, so can we please stop making fun of people for it

Okay yeah me and my family eat this often when money is scarce, it means we get more for our money. With toast the whole family can have a share of a can or two it’s been a life saver for us.

Uuuhm, and what is wrong with Beans on toast? It’s a traditional Brit food. Beans on toast or, if you’re going wild Beans with sausages on toast… Want to splash out? Grate some cheddar on top and watch it melt. 




and I’m suddenly allergic to everything

Oh god, you too? I’m currently debating whether to try upping the dose of my antihistamine to see if that brings things to more of a level of sanity.

Dear brain, when I need to get up at 0415 it is unhelpful to wake me up at 0115 and 0315 to check if it’s 0415. It is possible to deduce that it is not 0415, because the alarm is not going off.