Professors’ logic on basic income exceptionally flawed

Hamilton Spectator

In “Basic income may not be the answer” (Feb. 6), the authors, two Ontario university professors, criticize those who advocate for a basic income (BI) for all Canadians on the grounds that they are naïve to think that politicians whose commitments are to the one per cent rather than the entire population, would be swayed by rational arguments about its benefits.

They then provide their solutions to the problem of poverty and inequality: increase the power of organized labour; tax the rich more appropriately; reform or transform the entire economic system. All of which require government action to accomplish the same fundamental goals of BI — redistributing wealth from the rich and powerful to the rest.

Why would governments dedicated to the one per cent undertake their suggestions anymore than they would undertake a BI scheme? The result is the same, they would displease the one per cent. This is exceptionally flawed logic.

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