Karl Brenke disagrees: Basic Income

Economist at the German Institute for Economics (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaft DIW) in Berlin

The idea of freedom, which is connected with UBI, is essentially the opposite: namely the loss of freedom. It is no longer individual citizens who take care of themselves, but the state. The citizen thus becomes the subject of an increasingly powerful state. And because the state provides its citizens with income – which it has previously taken out of their pockets in the form of taxes – all future demands for higher incomes will also be directed at the state. The employers would be the winners. They would hardly have to worry about wages. There would no longer be strikes, unions would be superfluous. Employers could even expect their employees to provide them with a large part of their labour free of charge because of UBI.


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