Thursday, August 30, 2018

The "gig economy" may be humbling, but it builds on skills people have; maybe UBI and single payer would support it

Louis Hyman has an interesting piece on Medium where we accept the “gig economy” and support it with universal basic income and some various tax supports.
He supports the idea of people using the skills they have to form small businesses when they get laid off, rather than having to be retrained (“coal miners to data miners”).

The sharing economy is certainly part of that.  But he thinks the sharing economy works better if you do support the basics with single payer health care and UBI.
To some extent, it’s less sexy.  It’s sort of like Nicholas Taleb’s “skin in the game” thinking.

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