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OTTAWA — The government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, is joining the basic-income bandwagon with the launch of a three-year pilot program that will test how paying people an unconditional basic wage works in practice.

“Many people are concerned about what the world is promising their kids,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said at a Monday news conference announcing the three-year experiment. “It’s a world of global competition, reduced benefits, more and more part-time employment.”

Continue reading:  4,000 Canadian families will soon get paid by Ontario for doing nothing

Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  This article is surprisingly informative despite its conciseness.  It provides a good overview of the basic income movement, and I recommend reading it.

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7 thoughts on “4,000 Canadian families will soon get paid by Ontario for doing nothing

      • Norland… lol! But, I digress. Yes, the basic income idea seems to be gathering steam around the world. As I told another blogger recently , I don’t particularly like the idea but see it as necessary considering the problematic economic conditions we’re facing.

      • Allallt had a great post up exploring just how, economically, we’re going to get through this approaching mess. His idea was radical, but interesting: near perfect communism, goods and services free.

      • Was he theorizing academically or pragmatically? Unless modern civilization suffers a catastrophic failure (which could indeed happen), the political resistance to communal society would be immovable.

      • Thanks, John. For the convenience of my readers here, Allallt’s article projects a potential economic and societal crisis due to a massive conversion of ordinary jobs from human workers to robots and artificial intelligence. He posits that the only way to avoid the crisis is for benevolent morality and ethics to be built into the new system and, therefore, accommodate unemployed people.

        Interesting and academic, for sure. From my perspective, not pragmatic considering the current evolutionary state of humankind. I think it’s quite obvious today that ordinary jobs for people are fast disappearing for the reasons he identified as well as globalization and other factors. However, how our egregiously corrupt political institutions could or ever would systematize benevolent morality and ethics lays far beyond my rational imagination; although, I do agree that it is existentially imperative.

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