Matt Zwolinski | A moral case for Universal Basic Income | The Critic Magazine

Precisely how large a UBI should be, who exactly should be eligible to receive it, and how it should be financed and distributed are, of course, important questions that political philosophy alone cannot answer. But for most of us, these questions of policy design, important as they are, are secondary to matters of principle. If a UBI is fundamentally incompatible with the requirements of justice, then the details of its design do not matter. It should be rejected as a matter of principle.

But if … neoliberal principles of justice permit or even require a UBI, then we should think carefully about how it might be implemented in an efficient and politically stable way. There are already a variety of excellent models out there for how this might be done. It’s time we take those models seriously.
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