How universal basic income fulfills a fundamental human right

There is a fundamental human right that almost nowhere is fulfilled, the right to survive.

The article 25 of the universal declaration of human rights says that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family,” it continues:

“including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

A universal basic income can fulfill many currently unfulfilled human rights by giving people enough consuming power to do the basics.

It’s like an economic “floor”, people will still work but in a case of emergency they will be able to carry out the situation and even find a better job or invest.

A universal basic income would also solve the human rights of “the right to work” (Article 23 UDHR), which includes ‘free choice of employment’ and ‘just and favorable conditions’, is also very useful and will be returned to shortly.

The Right to Work (Article 23 UDHR) is useful for re-framing cultural notions of work, which focus on whether workers are working and how much they are contributing to GDP in a capitalist economy.

The Right to Work is clear that what is important is not their contribution to the economy via their labor, but what work they do, and whether someone has ‘freely chosen or accepted’ the work.

Unlike ideologies socialism, universal basic income is a form of advanced capitalism, with all its progressive nature and the benefits of the free economy, but with minimum consuming power to everyone.

Tom Frl

Twitter: @TomFrl
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