Our current welfare system is confusing. So we aren’t surprised that people are confused about what would change under a Youth UBI. The good news is that things will get a lot simpler, and nobody will be worse off. Let’s look at the impacts on students, the unemployed, solo parents and disabled.
How a UBI Would Help Those That Are Being Left Behind
One advantage of an Unconditional Basic Income is that everyone gets it, no questions asked, so nobody falls through the cracks. That seems to be what is happening to a large group of Aotearoa New Zealand’s young people right now.
1. The intellectual heritage of capitalist democracies’ protection of dignity, well-being, and self esteem
The concept of an unconditional basic income (UBI) is not new, it has been around for centuries. It has been advocated by Nobel Laureate, Chicago School economist Professor Milton Friedman from the right of the economic spectrum, as well as fellow Nobel winner and liberal economist Professor James Tobin and Professor JK Galbraith from the political left. ,It’s been this cross-spectrum support for the UBI that has ensured its longevity in the debates around equity, justice and freedom.