TechnoCalyps Part I TransHuman
I think humanity is in dangerous territory in respect of the ever-increasing concentration of money, therein power, in consequence of companies, such as Facebook, “shamelessly” [to quote the BBC] avoiding tax via offshore holding companies.
Individuals tend to dislike paying taxes, because it’s often hard for them to see where their contribution goes. However, wherever it goes, ultimately, tax is, at least hypothetically, democratic, wherein voters have a say in how much they pay, and have capacity to influence where it goes.
However, when money, therein power, is pooled into the hands of the few, not the many, we approach a Nero-esque scenario, in which the likes of Facebook executives have influence disproportionate to their experience, and worse still, influence that is undemocratic.
Basic Income is getting more and more serious consideration. Can’t have a society where work is the passport to life and then there is no work to be found…
Basic income is having a moment. First Finland announced it would launch an ambitious experiment to see if it would work to give everyone in a given area is given a set amount of cash every year from the government, no strings attached. Now the Silicon Valley seed investment firm Y Combinator has announced it wants to fund a basic income experiment in the US.1
Fascinating and frightening, hard to watch at times, but important and ultimately very compelling
Enter Robbie Martin’s film seriesA Very Heavy Agenda.