Been called an incoherent leftie, lunatic fringe and a nutjob with a blog this week.
So we must be doing something right.
The guy who called me a “nutjob with a blog” took objection to me calling my opponents “imbeciles”.
He then suggested I should be “encased in concrete and dumped in the sea”.
Irony, pot, black & kettle spring to mind.
He argues “It absolutely does not matter whether the arguments we use are spurious, even wrong; they must appeal to people.”
Yet, he’s worried about me being called Corrupt Bstard?
However he did have a very valid point suggesting that the battle to get the unconditional basic income introduced would need us to win over the Murdoch media, sun readership, who “own houses and worry about whether their lives will be better or worse”
I read some of the guys other posts and he is very well versed in the pros and cons of UBI, a very intelligent person obviously.
As already mentioned, his point seeming to be that BIG Party policy and a leader called corrupt bstard, could alienate these people.
In our defense I would say “no publicity is bad publicity” when it comes to getting an unknown idea into the mainstream.
I also think that in terms of percentage of population needed to vote in an idea like unconditional basic income, we only need a small percentage initially.
It’s just as powerful, if not more powerful, to hold a balance of power, look at the lib dems or UKIP.
Politically speaking, if everyone knew what unconditional basic income was, I’m convinced that a significant proportion of the population would vote for the introduction of an unconditional basic income.
The fact is that if the BIG party policy of £11,375 a year in unconditional basic income was introduced, more than 70% of the UK population would be financially better off.
That’s the majority.
However, at the moment, the vast majority of the population don’t even know what an unconditional basic income is, let alone that they can vote for an unconditional basic income of £11,375 a year for themselves at the 2015 General Election.
Like I said, it did make me think though, and in order to win over the sun readership, I will now start promoting the idea that……
Paying everyone an unconditional basic income will “eradicate the benefits trap”.
Paying everyone an unconditional basic income will make sure “work always pays”
That’s the thing that concerns sun readers most.
His other objections were to our simplistic take on economics, money and the definition of work.
However, it is out belief that a national debate challenging peoples understanding and beliefs about “money” and “work” are absolutely vital, if we are to create the paradym shift necessary to not only introduce the unconditional basic income, but also to find solutions to the fundamental problems facing humanity as a whole.
His final objection was to my punctuation.
Fair point, cos my punctuation and spelling is fuckin attroshus