Re: `capitalist' character values

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Mon Jul 23 2001 - 22:58:55 MDT

Lee Corbin wrote:

> I'll go on record as guessing that if we switched over tomorrow
> to a GI of $10,000, without loss of other government benefits,
> a lot of people (who have had a rough day, or who hate their
> boss, or who are daunted at preparing their resume) would find
> a way to live on it, and that we'd have, say, about a third of
> the workforce quitting within five years. Sound too pessimistic?

Much too pessimisstic. At least until recently you could get
about the equivalent of that on welfare in the US (though
admittedly with a lot of hassle). You sure didn't see any large
number of people in a hurry to quit their jobs and live on such
an amount. So why believe they would if you simply removed the
red tape?

Do you hate what you do for a living enough to be tempted? Do
you think many people really do? When only 25% of even major
lottery winners decide to not seek any gainful work why on earth
would you think a whopping 25% would do it for something on the
order of $10000/yr?

- samantha

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