A Basic Income program (giving every adult a monthly survival stipend) like the one explored in my earlier articles… would only be practical in countries with a low fertility rate and low population growth rate.
As one reader (Ricky) implied in a comment on an earlier article, having too many hungry mouths to feed is a chronic problem in human culture… and a Basic Income program would just make matters worse in many situations.
An economy that is already precarious and weak from overpopulation would become a shambles with a Basic Income program that takes money from the Haves and distributes it to the starving masses of Have-Nots.
Overpopulation has always been among the primary causes of sick economies in human cultures down through the ages… but never as severe a problem as it is today, as I examine in the Vitality Ratio.
I’ve long believed that economic aid in today’s world (and that includes a Basic Income program) should always be tied to some kind of population-control policies that try to keep population at a safe, healthy level.
So, here’s what I’d suggest: Launch Basic Income programs generously around the world, as long as a country’s fertility rate or population growth rate allows it, as shown in the maps below.
Blue nations are the most stable and would be well suited to a Basic Income program. Green countries are on the border and could also accommodate Basic Income.
The yellows, oranges, reds and purples indicate countries with precarious population growth, which would have to be gotten under control before Basic Income (or any other economic solution) would really help.
Economies are weakest and most vulnerable amid overpopulation, which provides fertile ground for corrupt regimes, genocide, famine, and other forms of socioeconomic calamity. (Read more…)
When you compare the two maps – – fertility rate (top map) and population growth rate – – you can see that other factors like migration and mortality rate can have an impact on a country’s population-related economic stability… not just the fertility rate. Both of these maps are important in getting the economic snapshot of any country in today’s world… and determining whether a Basic Income program would be viable.
I’ve become fairly certain in the past few weeks that a Basic Income program, coupled with a Wealth Tax to shrink the gap between super-rich and super-poor, hold the biggest key to the economic salvation of the modern world.
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Finally, a universal Season’s Greetings from the master of technical (albeit somewhat illusory) cosmologies… NASA!
Other articles in the Fixing America series:
Northern Europe Does it Right
1 The Problems
2 Basic Income, One Solution
3 More Thoughts on Basic Income
4 Wrap-Up on Basic Income and Wealth Tax
5 Basic Income and the Fertility Rate
6 Restoring a Good Reputation
7 Contending with Savage Forces
8 Being a Noble Force
9. A Comprehensive Solution
10. Marching Toward the End Time
11. The Destructive 1 Percent
12. Overcoming America’s Oil Addiction