Our social safety net is broken. Assistance programs were designed for an era when there were more full-time permanent jobs. The gig economy, the uberization of the workforce. Today things are different. And while technology is totally capable of accomplishing much of what humans used to have to toil away at, society is still structured around a moral idea that you need to work hard 40 hours a week to deserve a dignified life. Even if that means working hard to look useful when you know your job is really bullshit.
New York-based writer and filmmaker Whitney Mallett centers on the Canadian government’s universal basic income project—Mincome—executed in Manitoba during the 1970s.
Basic Income for Canadians By Evelyn Forget