I am tiring of the constant referral of the sanctity of jobs as we come out of our lockdown. While I truly understand and have lived with, the stress of loss of income and the stress of closing a business I feel that we have this moment in time to lift our eyes to a better and more realistic future.
As I view it, wages and salaries are nothing more than an inequitable means of distributing wealth amongst the population. Undoubtedly there may be the right to gain more than your pro-rata share through hard work or a clever idea, but no work or idea is created in a vacuum; they are all dependent on the existing infrastructure and shared facilities, thus your extra share must take this contribution into account.
Present remunerations frequently leave some of our most precious contributors to our health and well being at the bottom of the wage pile and this is patently wrong; just as it is patently wrong that those at the top of the income pile frequently achieve their status by rape and pillage of our environment, our planet’s resources and frequently through paying less than adequate wages.
Now that we know that we are on the cusp of health emergencies, environmental emergencies and economic emergencies, it is surely the moment to review how we are to change the way we are going to deal with these multiple problems; we know that retaining the old ways is going to do nothing but temporarily paper over the ever-threatening cracks.
I seems to me, that constant referral to jobs is evidence of clinging to the old ways. Universal Incomes (UI) is one option that might be explored.
One can expect that if UI was introduced, along with strict discouragement of any activity that causes environmentally damaging extraction of planetary resources, we would be well on the way to alleviate our nation’s long term environmental, economic and health adversities.
If you agree with the above, please share. If you disagree, please stick to generalities; the detail is in the hands of those who are going to take the concepts forward.