LONDON ― A groundbreaking pilot project launched this week in Finland. The government is going to give a randomly selected group of 2,000 unemployed citizens a monthly income of $587 with no strings attached and no need to report how they spend it. The project aims to test the feasibility of a program ― called basic income ― that’s worked in earlier pilot projects elsewhere in the world.
Um ... unemployed? And there is no "Societal Safety Net" already in place in Socialist Finland?
Well, that's really going to encourage the beneficiaries to go out and find a job.
Interesting, the comment that it has "... worked ... elsewhere...".
More interesting, there is no definition of the term "worked".
The bad thing about this kind of program is that it may constitute a "disincentive" to active job-seeking. No word on how the recipients of this milk from the societal teat were selected, but one hopes that priority is given to those who are unable to find work because of age or infirmity or lack of training in marketable skills, rather than a disinclination to get up in the morning and earn their daily bread.
And if lack of marketable skills, wouldn't it be useful to use this funding to support unemployed persons while they are actively engaged in training which might lead to employment? As in ... an incentive to learn to work?
That whole "no strings attached" thing stinks of Leftest Fantasies.
But then, this IS the Huffington Post, and that IS what they do best.
(Hat Tip: Codrea)