The Mad Comrade wrote:We're heading arse-over-teakettle into a universal stipend society. Or a dystopian society. Or a bastard love child of both.
My hope is that instead of a stipend we eventually implement some form of guaranteed minimum employment. That is, if you want to work you are guaranteed to be able to do so for at least a minimum wage and some minimum number of hours per week... which together provide enough funds for basic necessities.
The obvious questions are what would all those people do and how would we pay for it. However, I don't think either is all that insurmountable. A lot of the funding would come from eliminating unemployment assistance, that would no longer be needed, and the increased revenue generated by increased economic activity from near universal employment and societal benefits from the work actually performed. The remainder would have to come from less imbalanced wealth distribution mechanisms than we have currently... which means the GOP and many of the wealthy would fight it to the death, but ultimately fixing that income imbalance is going to be the cornerstone of ANY solution to our long term finances.
As to what work all those people could do... everything which currently doesn't get done because there just aren't enough bodies to do so. Police get asked all the time why they don't prevent more crimes or vigorously investigate the theft of every wallet and cell phone... and the answer is because they do not have enough people to do so. Problem solved. Put an unarmed part time auxiliary police officer on every street with body cams to record everything going on around them and just have them 'observe suspicious activity'. If a crime is later reported in that area then the police have video of everyone who was around at the time... and then you can have as many people as you need to go through the videos to identify possible suspects... and as many as you need to file paperwork for warrants and do research on the suspects (e.g. financial...
Sorry, but I think you are off by orders of magnitude if you think current unemployment assistance would even dent the money required to implement your idea.