UNEMPLOYMENT, ROBOTS AND THE FUTURE: are UBI’s the answer?
Is it true that most (90 percent-plus) of new jobs created are temporary or on-call work?
And that (what with robots etc.) one quarter of lower-skilled jobs will be non-existent in 20 years?
How will these millions of unemployed and under-employed live?
Various governments are considering “Universal Basic Income” schemes — all citizens receiving tens of thousands of dollars annually without any conditions — including Finland, Netherlands, India and Spain.
Obviously these UBI’s won’t work. They’ll simply increase taxes.
Anyway, it’s bad for healthy people not to work.
Pope John Paul II said, “Work is a good thing for man…it not only transforms nature…but also achieves his fulfillment as a human being….
“The Church considers it her duty to speak out on work…to form a spirituality of work which will help all people to come closer, through work, to God….”
A “spirituality of work” — that sounds like something we should think about long and hard.