Universal Basic Income Needed to Break ‘Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us’

As some tech giants throw their weight behind the idea of a universal basic income, one anthropologist says it’s a key component of a strategy to break the “addiction to economic growth [that] is killing us” and the planet.Offering his views this week on BBC’s “Viewsnight,” Jason Hickel, an anthropologist at the London School of Economics and author of books including The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, says “we can’t have infinite growth on a finite planet.”That argument—which others have made as well—should be clear by evidence of the “climate change, deforestation, and rapid rates of extinction” taking hold, he says.The primary blame, according to Hickel, rests with “over-consumption in rich countries,” and addressing that entails “planned de-growth,” which will put the reins on “our plunder of the earth.”Hickel stresses that he’s not referring to austerity, as the goal of “de-growth” is to “increase human well-being and happiness while reducing our economic footprint.”A blueprint to achieve that goal, he says, includes “curbing advertising, taxing carbon, a basic income, and a shorter work week.””We need an economic model that promotes human flourishing in harmony with the planet on which we depend,” he says.

Source: Universal Basic Income Needed to Break ‘Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us’ | Common Dreams

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