July 4, 2018
Richard Branson, my favorite corporate millionaire celebrity, is floating the idea of having a universal basic income.
One solution to income inequality is giving out free cash, according to the British billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson.
“A basic income should be introduced in Europe and in America,” Branson told David Gelles of The New York Times.
Branson was responding to the question, “What do you think those in positions of power should do to address social problems like income inequality?”
In a report published in January, the global charity Oxfam found that 82 percent of the growth in global wealth in the previous year went to the top 1 percent of individuals ranked by riches. Meanwhile, the bottom 50 percent had no increase in their wealth, the report says.
“It’s a disgrace to see people sleeping on the streets with this material wealth all around them,” Branson said.
A universal basic income, as it’s known, is a cash payment distributed to residents irrespective of their employment status.
I have to fight my knee-jerk impulse to label the guy a champagne socialist because he brings up AI, which means he’s done a little bit of background reading on the topic and I can’t just dismiss him.
Further, there are other reasons for cash handouts, according to Branson.
“I think with artificial intelligence coming along, there needs to be a basic income,” said Branson.
Gelles asked whether that’s because robots will replace human jobs. “Because of job displacement?” Gelles asked.
“I think AI will result in there being less hours in the day that people are going to need to work,” Branson said. “You know, three-day workweeks and four-day weekends. Then we’re going to need companies trying to entertain people during those four days, and help people make sure that they’re paid a decent amount of money for much shorter work time.”
I am not sure I agree with the premise that AI will decrease the work day and lighten the load for regular people.
The Industrial Revolution was supposed to ensure a cornucopia of cheap goods to feed everyone and raise living standards. And while there was indeed improvement, what happened was just that more people were born because of the surplus and then more goods were needed and people consumed more and more and it became harder and harder to keep making the same products.
So they had to come up with technologies like GMOs and antibiotics for chickens and plastics to store it all and mass-distribute it, and now if you’re rich you’re basically paying enormous sums of money to get the same quality of products that a medieval peasant would have, because at this point all this new shit is making people sick and polluting the entire earth.
Theoretically of course, this is a categorically different kind of revolution, where we are talking about free labor, meaning old economic models do not apply. But you now have to take the third world into account, which did not need to be taken into account during the industrial revolution, because we didn’t universally consider them our global dependent population at that point in history.
So won’t a robot revolution within the globalist paradigm just continue subsidizing the growth of the Third World and the dwindling of Whites, as we toil away to create high-tech nanny systems for massive non-White populations?
Perhaps we need to get the nerd scientists to work on a tech that can make White women settle down before their forties and pop out kids above replacement rates instead.
How to solve the fur baby epidemic?
Richard, I know you’re reading this. Address my concerns. You’re clearly a fellow big-brain nibba so I’m going to toss you a bone here, because while you’re busy on your Caribbean private island in the BVI with some fine mulatto strippers to keep you company and a hands-free headset barking out orders to your underlings as you plan your next Virgin enterprise, you probably haven’t had the time or inclination to consider a more grimdark future if we carry on this reckless path.
Consider: Automation and AI might be part of a plan by the bad Elites (read: Jews) to reduce the population of White countries.
Think about it. You say that they’re going to have to start giving out basic income…but why? Why not just let the unemployed native population suffer and decline in numbers as people are unable to afford homes, families and eventually food? Keep ’em medicated and docile and watch their number dwindle and fade.
Few people in my generation can afford to get a house or have kids. I think that this is deliberate.
Think about it, Richard. They have the chinks now to manufacture everything, and the era of mass conventional war is over now that we have nukes. So they don’t need large populations to make shit or fight wars or grow food or do anything, really.
Richard, they just want to create gated SWPL communities of Elect where high-class Whites race-mix with Jews to create a new hybrid elite and everyone shops at Whole Foods and effigies of Donald Drumpf are burned on Earth day and the undesirable White lumpenproles are reduced to scavenging a living in the Brown Wastes, while the SWPLs toss them scraps from their domed city…
…as they spend their days fighting off feral savages with dwindling bullet stores.
Race roles should be reversed, but still.
The elites are obsessed with downscaling everything nowadays.
Have you seen that Dan Brown movie where the mad scientists basically tries to sterilize everybody?
You just know that Bill Gates watched that and was like, “beep boop, yes, must reduce population boop beep”.
You know better than me, Richard. You probably have had to hang out with this weirdo.
Now let’s be real, Elon’s business is probably going to tank, at which point the task of getting to Mars is going to fall on the shoulders of Virgin Galactic.
You’re probably gonna need some AI to get to Mars/set up a colony there, so I get why you’re into it.
But we need to have a debate about this.
The public needs a frank and honest discussion of the possibility/consequences of an emergent AI and its effects on the economy. I thought Tesla might be the guy to use his nerd cult status to start talking about stuff like this, but now that I think about it, I think you’re a better messenger than him because you’ve got that cool playboy California surfer vibe going and people trust that more than the nerd Star Trek fanatic vibe.
This universal basic income stuff sounds like a defense grid measure. Like, “feed the goyim a steady drip subsistence handout so they don’t rise up in righteous Luddite rebellion” tier.
I’m not sure if you’re aware of this Richard, and I just felt the need to bring it to your attention.
Hit me up in the BBS and we’ll hash this out. Thank you in advance.