Nick and Nate will be OK - Stockton, CA will give a $500 monthly stipend to residents

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  1. jeskola

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    Just 80 miles east of Silicon Valley, one of the wealthiest regions in the country, is Stockton, California — once known as America's foreclosure capital.
    Soon, the former bankrupt city will become the first in the country to participate in a test of Universal Basic Income, also known as UBI. Stockton will give 100 residents $500 a month for 18 months, no strings attached.


    The nontraditional system for distributing wealth guarantees that citizens receive a regular sum of money. The goal is to create an income floor no one will fall beneath.

    The concept of Universal Basic Income has gained traction and support from some Silicon Valley leaders, including Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg. It is seen as a way to possibly reduce poverty and safeguard against the job disruption that comes from automation.

    "We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas," Zuckerberg said at a Harvard commencement address in May 2017.

    The Stockton project has its roots in Silicon Valley, too. Its financial backers include Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes' organization, the Economic Security Project — a fund to support research and cultural engagement around Universal Basic Income. It contributed $1 million to the Stockton initiative.
     
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    I am not overtly political about these things, but Stockton is a decent place to try it. It never really recovered from the recession.
     
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    A concept that is worth trialling....

    Not. Fuck that shit. You should work for your income and adapt if a loss of job to automation. Only the truly needy deserve this as the bottom feeding leeches will abuse the system
     
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    money is worthless if its given away for free. why do people keep trying socialism? it doesnt work unless the country is rich and then after it doesnt last very long.
     
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    i hate socialism!
     
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    Well, if it’s a privately funded test. Whatever.

    I just don’t see it happening on a government level for all in my lifetime. It’s a hard sell because like all “universal” things... It’s not universally paid for.
     
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    As someone who works in a call center at a Dr office I can confirm. People crying that they got their disability claim denied for their "anxiety" and get their electric bill paid for because they have diabetes. They make it a full time job to scam the system instead of working. All the while refuse to take drug tests to get their benefits.
     
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    good for publicity though im guessing #soprogressive
     
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    They see you as nothing more than a slave. They laugh at you.
     
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    Never done a hard days labour in your life. Your hands would be soft as butter
     
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    This...
    The problem of spending other peoples money is that pretty soon you run out of other peoples money to spend...
    hence why the US is in so much debt to china...
     
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    You'll be begging for an increase to your monthly stipend in 25 years when everything is automated and only 5% of the population is needed to work.
     
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    tell that to Nick and Nate's face!
     
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    umm ok?? so youre saying that it sucks like im saying??
     

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