We should give everyone a basic income


This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Rutger Bregman (1988) studied at Utrecht University and the University of California in Los Angeles, majoring in History. In September 2013 Bregman joined the online journalism platform De Correspondent.

  • Paolo Bagarone (1) December 8, 2014

    I like this idea, if the evidence he states does have a ring of truth to it, it would, in my opinion, allow nearly everyone to pursue their dreams and contribute to society in a way which is right for them. It would give people the chance to work less and actually take time out for themselves, their families and their friends. However, one major reason why I think the government would not impalement such a law would because it would have such big implications on the types of careers people would choose. Instead of working some horrendous un-fulfilling job they do not like, they will progress towards their passions; something which, unfortunately, in our economy would not be viable because of the amount of, to put it nicely, ‘bullshit jobs’. In any case, free money ftw! :)

    • Martijn Schirp (112,779)A December 8, 2014

      Great analysis. Indeed, basic income would do away with the coercion that is inherent to the fact you need to work for your existence. Millions of shitty jobs would disappear (and would probably be much better paying as well!)

  • hadleyski (1) December 6, 2014

    Basic income and maximum wage, and maybe we will close the growing gap between the rich and the poor.

    • Martijn Schirp (112,779)A December 6, 2014

      Exactly this, one of the most important social issues of our time.

  • Joseph (114) December 6, 2014

    Anyone should be able to make as much or as little money as they want. If I want to work for 1$ an hour I will if I want to. We should pay the government with Bitcoins. Everyone could be give a basic income in bitcoins.

  • pablo (5) December 8, 2014

    Yeah let’s reward the stupid and lazy with free money, paid for by those who work. Oh, we already have that, and it’s called Food Stamps and Welfare.

  • Mary Ellen (0) December 8, 2014

    I feel like this idea can only thrive in capitalist economies. You need people to continue wanting “stuff” to continue wanting more money (and you want people to want more money if you’re going to give everyone a base income… or else this system fails entirely). I’m just not sure I’m into the idea of perpetuating capitalism if it continues to provide us with the same twisted values as it is now.