The Grand Plan

Of course, people who extol the joys of joblessness – and this is a trend that started back in the 1989s – have zero interest in quitting their own jobs and going on UBI. To the contrary, you couldn’t drag them out of the office to save your life.

No, the joblessness we are supposed to celebrate is the kind experienced by the young men in the twenties I recently wrote about who are out of the workplace and not even trying to look for a job. The solution that progressives offer to these young men’s situation is to make sure that the government (and not their parents) pays for their addictions, more of which will be legalized and mainstreamed.

This is the grand plan. And I find it a lot more dangerous and inhuman than anything Trump has ever suggested.

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4 thoughts on “The Grand Plan”

  1. I agree, joblessness is psychologically destructive for most people. My mother’s job was eliminated when she was in her mid-50s and she opted to do early retirement. At the time I encouraged her to find a low stress part time job a few days a week so that she would have something to do and would get out of the house a bit. Her old job had been very stressful and involved way too many hours and responsibilities. She refused to consider it because she thought she couldn’t handle the stress of working any more and didn’t think she could get a job paying as well as her old job in their rural area. The thing is, my parents didn’t really need the money and she had several friends who had small businesses (gift shop, flower shop) that frequently needed extra people to help out during busy periods, but would never have needed her full time. She’s basically been depressed and had lots of health problems the whole time. It’s been sad to watch and I think she would have been so much better off if she had pursued a couple of afternoons a week at the flower shop. In contrast, her sister retired and got involved in a bunch of volunteer work; she’s doing very well as she heads into old age, meeting new people and developing new interests.

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    1. And when the people who are most likely to be affected by this protest in the few ways available to them (the yellow vests are an example), we hear they are Nazis, haters, monsters, etc. And that’s the progressive position. It’s truly scary.

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  2. The question, once again, isn’t so much whether or not UBI as how it is administered. It could, for instance, just allow WalMart to continue underpaying. On the other hand, it could help people retrain, develop businesses, etc. I find it sort of attractive because I’m someone who occasionally, as an adult, got gifts from parents that really helped do certain things I could not have otherwise — right now, for instance, my car is one I inherited, and I needed one and wasn’t really in a position to buy. I’d like other people who don’t have middle class parents, or a spouse who is employed, etc., to have some sort of backing. I still don’t understand it well enough to understand why it would be better than just lower tuition, lower food prices, lower rent, higher wages, things like this. It *sounds cumbersome / unstable in the same way as the high tuition / high aid model is, but I’d need to know more.

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