Why not go ahead and make everyone billionaires? Worked so well in
Rhodesia Zimbabwe Inflation-Land, Africa.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called on the need to consider universal basic income for Americans during his Harvard Commencement Speech.
Zuckerberg’s comments reflect those of other Silicon Valley bigwigs, including Sam Altman, the president of venture capital firm Y Combinator.
“Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract,” Zuckerberg said during his speech. “We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”
Zuckerberg said that, because he knew he had a safety net if projects like Facebook had failed, he was confident enough to continue on without fear of failing. Others, he said, such as children who need to support households instead of poking away on computers learning how to code, don’t have the foundation Zuckerberg had. Universal basic income would provide that sort of cushion, Zuckerberg argued.
“I’m from Farcebook and I’m here to help.”
Here’s a new idea: read Mises or something, Mark. Your Fed buddies and those idiots in D.C. could enrich everyone beyond belief in a few minutes. Safety nets entangle.
One helluva cushion! Good for TP or fire starter! AFP / Getty / CNN.