I have been reading a lot on universal basic income. It's essentially just the government giving every citizen a set amount of money, but there are A LOT of different systems and little details. I think as automation continues, this will become a very popular topic world wide so I wanted to see what everyone here thinks of it. My take on it is this: Scrap the welfare state and its complicated web of benefits, which also means laying off all those bureaucrats who administer the system. Give every citizen enough to get by (10K-20K per annum maybe.) Also get rid of minimum wage. End the governments involvement in "job creation." Job creation for job creations (and vote gaining) sake is terrible, it's not a great way to allocate resources. Jobs should be ADDING VALUE to the economy. Then you have to tweak taxation a bit too, perhaps increase consumption tax and decrease income tax. These are VERY rough details though, I'm just a run of the mill office drone who likes to day-dream. What I see if this could ever be implemented is a system where work is optional, and you can do whatever work you want to do. You can take the time to develop yourself, not just working for others. Undesirable jobs would suddenly become high-paying jobs, and "ghost" and easy jobs would either disappear or be paid peanuts, but people would do them and not have to really worry about how much they make. Some of you will see the merit in this, and some of you will think I am off my rocker.