I have been discussing the basic income (Grundeinkommen) with a Canadian friend living in Berlin last week and she asked me the question: „Do you think people would work, if they don’t have to? And especially in the „dirty“ jobs?“
Some reflective questions on that: Why don’t we trust ourselves to more volunteerism and social responsibility? Why do we reduce our personal motivation just to working for money instead of trusting in working because we see a purpose?
For sure there will still be people not working but people will also have more freedom to do what they feel is important and that might be for some academics at some point that they feel a high need to clean the street in front of their house 😉 I also see this as an opportunity to reduce bureaucracy and regulations in this country…
What would you do having a basic income?