Have you ever tried imagining what a maze of welfare payments looks like? There’s welfare for everything. For old people, young people, sick people, the unemployed, the needy and many more groups. Tens of thousands of civil servants are busy every day assessing applications, taking care of the complex administration, speaking to people and so on. It is a very difficult and very expensive system. But for the first time there is talk of a basic income for everyone. There are first, cautious trials with a Basic Income, such as in Finland, India and South America. Eventually this should lead to 7 billion people receiving a Basic Income.
The problem with the old system is that it’s so complex. One of the reasons is that there are conditions attached to each benefit. These conditions are controlled by an army of civil servants, which makes the system very costly.
Another reason why it is so complex is that the legislation changes every few years. For these changes, systems have to be adapted again, civil servants have to be instructed and benefit recipients have to be informed. There are also many protests about benefits. Especially when one group is put ahead of another. Politicians have to make sure every group is satisfied, so they often make changes to the legislation. As a result, the conditions for benefits are becoming more and more complex and at the end nobody really understands the system anymore.
The above applies especially to Western countries. In Third World countries, social security hardly exists, if at all. If you don’t have a job, you get little or no benefit, but you have to live on the money of your family. But sometimes whole families or even villages become unemployed, causing hunger, sickness and death. It’s a hard world…
The idea of a Basic Income originated at the beginning of the 20th century, but then only existed on paper. It took another hundred years before it was actually tested. In several countries tests were done with small groups, such as villages or certain groups of people. The tests, such as in Finland, India, Africa and South America, all turned out to be a success. People who receive a Basic Income become more creative and healthier. Fears about this new system turned out to be unfounded. People don’t become lazy and the system doesn’t turn out to be priceless.
Suppose the system was officially introduced worldwide. Everyone in the world (!) gets a Basic Income. The hunger in the world is over from that day on! Completely! According to the World Bank, in 2012 12.7% of the world population lived under $ 1.90 per day. That was already a lot less than in 1990, when 37% was at that level. In 1981 it was even 44%. The crime rate will also drop enormously. And there will be 3 times as many children attending school in Third World countries. A side effect is that health care becomes much cheaper, because there are simply fewer sick people.
The system of Basic Income is actually very simple. Everyone aged 16 years or older receives a Basic Income. Everybody? Yes, everyone in the whole world, over 7 billion people. Without conditions? Yes, but there are some exceptions. For the first 7 years, from 16 to 23 years, your income is lower and will increase every year. Once you’re 23, you’ll get the full 100% of Basic Income until you die.
Prisoners do not receive Basic Income because they receive shelter and food in prison. From the day they are free again, they will receive the Basic Income again.
Benefits such as the WW, AOW, WAO and child benefit no longer exist. That is also no longer necessary. Everyone receives the Basic Income, which ensures that no one has to go hungry and everyone has a roof over his head. Even if you are sick, old or disabled.
Everyone has a bank account at the United World Bank, the only bank in the world. The government transfers the Basic Income to you every month. You are free to spend this money any way you want. There are no conditions attached to this. So it does not matter if you have a job or not and if you live with a partner or alone or even in a living group.
The Basic Income is just enough to make ends meet. People who can work do this. Most people work 3 or 4 days. Still, there are people who stop working for a year, for example for a study or a trip. Because of the Basic Income, the joy of life has increased enormously.