Source: Jacobin Yankees by Clyde Wilson
Source: DiLorenzo and His Critics
UBI is being sold in part as a way to enable entrepreneurism, by giving people enough financial security to enable risk-taking. But it seems more likely that risk-takers don’t require security to forge ahead, and that those willing (or even eager) to have their necessities provided for aren’t likely to ever become risk-takers.
Fukushima showed that a nuclear power plant can take the maximum punch of nature’s brutality, and yet the surrounding population does not fry and die as so often dramatically predicted by the fear factor enthusiasts.
But, of course, being a member of the governing class doesn’t involve anything like the specialized skills that flying an airplane does. And just as passengers on an airplane actually do get to choose their destination — they’re paying customers, after all — so the voters get to choose things, too. (And if you look at recent history, the “pilots” tend to crash the plane a lot, but then walk away unscathed, unlike those passengers in the back.