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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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You can't really see it like that though even during low unemployment there are easy to fill jobs and not easy to fill jobs and adjustments it takes...say lower number of children, schools opening fewer classes, teachers and edu admin retraining and loking for jobs elsewhere so it takes a while and there will be more of certain job seekers than others. Especially in a place where employment under 18yr and over 50 yrs is rough to find and where for each jobs you need very particular certificates and a particular language too. Sometimes languages and certifs are canton dependent, it reduces mobility and job chances. So low unemployment is a very particular balancing act here.
The economy is cyclical and there are times when it is difficult to find a job, even if you do tick all the right boxes. It is thus a good thing we have a safety net. But phases in which large numbers of people need to rely on it should be transitional, not permanent.

I'm not opposed to a basic income per se. I think it has some very real advantages, for example salary costs for employers can be reduced meaning more people get hired. It also takes much of the initial risk out of start ups meaning lots of people with good ideas who don't know if they can make them work can finally go out and try. It could lead to a golden age of entrepreneurship. Steve Jobs started Apple out of his parents' garage at a time he still lived with his parents and didn't pay rent. Not everybody is fortunate to have parents like that. A basic income can open that channel for many people like him.

But what I don't like is the way especially the political left are spinning the idea, predicting a future where most of us won't have jobs so we might as well get paid for doing nothing. That is defeatist, a waste of human potential, and ultimately untrue. It is a thinking that drags people down rather than raising them up.
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