Quillette: "Why UBI Ought to Appeal to Conservatives"

See my piece in Quillette on why I think Universal Basic Income, typically thought of as some sort of socialist propaganda, actually aligns well with traditional conservative values.


"Republicans are traditionally hostile to what they call government 'hand-outs.' This is not because they believe people shouldn’t get what they need. Rather, conservatives believe that people should get what they need in the most efficient way possible. Which, to the Republican mind, is almost certainly never going to be a program run by the federal government." Read on.

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