I’m going to be very upfront with you, this is not a sexy topic but it is essential to understand in the light of what has been going on for the last 2.5 years. A lot of dots will be joined up by the end.
Treads Irish –
At its most basic..
“A Universal Basic Income (UBI) is where a government pays all individuals a set salary regardless of their means. It guarantees a certain amount of money from the state without any requirement to work”
In this article I am not going go dig deep into the economic reasons for it as I am not qualified enough to discuss it from that viewpoint. I will however be looking at the countries implementing it and who are the people behind the scenes pushing for it.
In March 2022, The Irish Times called it ‘A welcome step’: Ireland’s first basic income scheme on the way where artists will get €250 a week in pilot scheme but many want to see it extended to all.
Five months later and it had increased to €325 with The Irish Times calling it a ‘seismic leap forward’ where some 2,000 artists will be guaranteed that weekly wage amount.
In Ireland it is being promoted as “money for nothing” and “no questions asked”. It is the exact same when furlough money was being paid.
When in the history of time has there ever been a “free lunch” (I’ll get to that later on in the article).
Even one of Ireland’s most well known economists who writes for the Irish Times thinks it’s a good idea. In an article in 2017 David McWilliams floated the idea on his own blog.
This was the same guy who was a huge fan of furlough money in 2020
McWilliams also was a Young Global Leader but has now graduated to becoming a member of the World Economic Forum.
Coincidentally, in his own podcast on March 2nd 2021 the name of the podcast was “Building Back Better”
Where have we come across that before ?
Just across the Irish Sea in the UK, a document was published on the UK Parliament web site in June 2022 called “Potential merits of a universal basic income”
They are obviously taking the idea of UBI very seriously and moving it along rapidly. The links to the UK parliament and ex UK parliamentarians doesn’t end there however. That war-monger in chief and ex PM of the UK Tony Blair is also involved as this tweet shows from Tascha Labs.