I briefly touched on these earlier but I though the pros of a UBI are so central to this whole campaign that they deserved a whole post of their own.
Right now, advances of robots and AI means that more and more jobs are being automated. Some people say that a UBI would allow us as a society to achieve a utopia where no one needs to work and robots produce everything for us. Even if you don’t go that far a UBI would protect everyone who’s losing their jobs to robots while they look for a new job.
Of course if they have a guaranteed income some of these people might not want to accept the shitty jobs they get offered. That isn’t a bad thing. In fact, a UBI would allow a lot of these people to get further education, allowing them to get jobs they prefer and increasing the human capital of society at the same time. Ultimately greater levels of education could make our society even more productive.
As well as giving them the option to get more education, a UBI would help people get jobs they enjoy by allowing them to spend more time pursuing their passions. If you want to be a highly paid corporate lawyer that’s fine, but if you want to be a painter or a writer or an artisanal ceramicist you can do that without worrying about whether you’ll have to starve or take on fifteen casual jobs too. Ultimately this means people would be more fulfilled and probably more productive.
There are other benefits and I could probably spend several posts writing about them but I think that’s probably enough for now.
If you think I missed any major ones or if you have anything else to say let me know in the comments below!