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Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a type of program in which people receive a regular sum of money without the requirement to work for it. Does UBI make sense?
UBI does not make sense.
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UBI undermines social cohesion

Socially destructive outcomes occur when income is no longer connected to work.

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The financial aspects of UBI are not the only consideration. Stable societies depend on strong social links between their citizens, and UBI could affect those links in meaningful ways.

The Argument

Income is far from the only meaningful aspect of employment. Peoples' work and their associated skills are deeply linked to their social status, sense of self-worth, friendships and social networks. By removing the need to work and incentivizing people to stay at home, UBI undermines the social fabric on a fundamental level. The deleterious effects of UBI would resemble those seen in areas where unemployment is prevalent. In places where fewer people work, crime and drug addiction are higher, and family structures are more likely to break down. UBI would increase these social problems.

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UBI removes the need to work, which will result in fewer people working. When people do not work, socially destructive outcomes occur.

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