Both liberals and conservatives have tossed around the idea of a basic income for a long time now, with nothing much coming of it. The idea being that the government would pay everyone in a nation enough money to survive on, whether or not they needed it. Conservatives often support this measure, because they see it as an alternative to targeted welfare programs and the expensive bureaucracy needed for them. Liberals often support the measure as a matter of social justice. The main drawbacks to such a measure are its running contrary to the conservative notion of justice, and also the disincentive it would provide people to work. There is no question a basic income would constitute wealth redistribution, thus making those who oppose such things on principle unable to support it. Since Alaska is the only place with even a partial basic income in place, it is difficult to tell just how much a full basic income would discourage people from working and hurt the economy. For my part, I think a basic income will have to be provided eventually, as improving technology and business methods make it so goods and services can be provided more-and-more efficiently, and thus make it more valuable to society that people have more free time, than it would be to simply produce more-and-more junk for people to buy in order to justify employing everyone. I am not so convinced it would be a good thing to implement now, though. What do you think?