Martin Whitlock, author of Human Politics: Human Value (Mindhenge Books, 2014), has penned a compelling Huffington Post op-ed, aptly titled “The Basic Income Will Make Sense When People Learn to Value Their Unpaid Work.”
Whitlock contends that we as a society need to invert the way that we think about work and income:
We assume that work comes first: once performed, it is valued and remunerated accordingly. In reality, however, money comes first: access to work is filtered through employers, who have the necessary money to invest in a workforce.
He goes on to describe basic income as an investment in individuals — an investment that makes it possible for them to work, not payment for work already completed.
It is recommended that you read the article in its entirety here:
Martin Whitlock, “The Basic Income Will Make Sense When People Learn to Value Their Unpaid Work,” The Huffington Post UK, June 10, 2016.