by Mark Hay for Make Change.
Article considering different options for 21st century welfare and social safety.
- Negative Income Tax
- Jobs Guarantee
- Universal Basic Services
No matter how practical a basic services program might seem, though, critics argue this plan is paternalistic, limiting the autonomy and sense of agency that cash would give to economically insecure people. But Percy argues that such a program wouldn’t have to be made by some far-off bureaucrat making assumptions about what locals need and we wouldn’t have to take a one-size-fits-all approach to what qualifies as a basic service. Decentralized decision makers could accurately pinpoint exactly how to provide security to local people.