Basic Income Los Angeles
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
What is Universal Basic Income?
Universal basic income is a system of financial security in which individuals are given a certain amount of money on a monthly basis, irrespective of their financial or work status.
Universal Basic Income as Basic Human Right
Our model is based on the principle of our Founding Father Thomas Paine and the Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“There shall be paid to every person, when arrived at the age of twenty-one years, the sum… as a compensation in part, for the loss of his or her natural inheritance, by the introduction of the system of landed property…to every person, rich or poor…because it is in lieu of the natural inheritance, which, as a right, belongs to every man, over and above the property he may have created, or inherited from those who did” – Thomas Paine
“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a new widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income….A host of positive psychological changes inevitably will result from widespread economic security. The dignity of the individual will flourish when the decisions concerning his life are in his own hands, when he has the assurance that his income is stable and certain, and when he knows that he has the means to seek self-improvement. Personal conflicts between husband, wife, and children will diminish when the unjust measurement of human worth on a scale of dollars is eliminated.” – Dr. MLK Jr.
Poverty is man-made and it is a form of violence.
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” – Nelson Mandela
No child should live in poverty or go hungry.
“If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much”
– Marian Wright Edelman
Human basic needs must be met and satisfied.
“People first concern themselves with meeting their basic needs; only afterwards, do they pursue any higher needs.” — Abdolkarim Soroush
If you work full time, you should not be poor.
“Nobody who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty.” – Bernie Sanders
Implementing Universal Basic Income in Los Angeles will produce the following outcomes:
- Guarantee that Angelenos’s basic needs—food, shelter, clothing —are covered
- Create an economic floor for self-employed Angelenos
- End homelessness and extreme poverty
- Eliminate predatory loans
- Empower Angelenos to address workplace harassment
- Provide funds for quality childcare
- Abolish child poverty and hunger
- Provide an economic floor for displaced workers
- Reduce crime, incarceration rate, and related economic costs
- Improve physical and mental health
- Stimulate the economy and create more jobs
- Increase participation in non-paid work
- Provide economic prosperity for a larger population
- Improve Angelenos’ living standard and quality of life
- Improve educational attainment
- Provide a way out to those trapped in abusive relationships
Although providing a Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a radical move for any city, it is an approach that we can take to end extreme poverty in the city of Los Angeles. Rather than relying on food stamps and welfare programs, both of which are forms of basic income, Angelenos would receive a single check for a standard amount.
With the huge pay gaps, pay inequality, and many other problems that exist within our economic system, citizens find it hard to live the life they want and need. There are people who have to work two to three jobs just to make ends meet; they end up losing the very important things like relationships with their family, spouse, and participation in hobbies and other forms of self care.
With the ongoing disappearance of many jobs through automation, a basic income could be the solution to Los Angeles’s potential employment crisis. It has been estimated that five million jobs in the U.S. will be lost by the year 2020, which will lead to an increase in unemployment, benefits being paid out to households, and homelessness. With the advent of a basic income, however, every individual would have the freedom to pursue the work that they wanted to.
The last two decades have witnessed an increase in the willingness of states to adopt this idea. Discussions from various social, political, and economic perspectives have come to accept universal basic income as a viable idea and have begun planning its implementation. A growing number of scholars and social researchers see it as a good way to tackle increasing rates of unemployment.
Universal basic income is also seen as a measure to distribute wealth that is produced by society back to the people, thus ensuring that benefits reach everyone. Angelenos will benefit from universal basic income regardless of skill, requirement of work, or other sources of income.
In addition, universal basic income will support the city’s fiscal health. Our economy will profit by an overall increase in business enterprise.
Basic income is non-fraudulent and is always fixed. Therefore, there is no incentive to carry out fraud to increase or reduce basic income. Everyone will receive money by virtue of being a citizen and an adult.
Universal basic income provides a more secure net for all. A basic income makes life worth living by eradicating poverty in many households. In addition, many people receiving this money are able to use it to pursue other important things that can contribute both to their success and to the success of the city’s economy.
Better working hours are a benefit of a universal basic income. Basic income is permanent and cannot be easily altered, contributing to equality and fairness. Individuals will be able to find time to do other important things that can add value to their lives. It has been argued that the concept of a basic income will allow talented individuals who are potentially wasting their time in “dead end” jobs to pursue careers that they are passionate about.
Universal basic income ensures that the basic necessities are covered in that it recognizes and rewards individuals fairly. All people have a hand in building an economy, contributing time as volunteers and open source project contributors. In fact, universal basic income will help people become more innovative at work, becoming true creators.
A universal basic income would also strengthen our city’s democracy. Having a basic net means that residents have enough time to engage in constructive political, technological, and social life.
Technology will certainly improve since a basic income provides more time for innovation. A basic income will revolutionize the way we operate.
A Basic income would reduce poverty and inequality and help bridge the ever-increasing gap between the rich and the poor. The equal distribution of net income to people by the government eliminates poverty and suffering that is a constant feature in any city without a basic income.
A universal basic income in Los Angeles will help eradicate extreme poverty in our city, ensuring that Angelenos have adequate food and shelter. It will ultimately do a lot more good, despite concerns that people would take advantage of this system. There is the potential that people will not feel the need to work dead-end jobs. But by virtue, any human being would love to contribute to society in an area that interests them.
Implementing Universal Basic Income would put Los Angeles on the right side of history.
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