Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Universal basic stupidity crushed

It probably won't be a surprise to most people that the Swedish referendum on the Universal Basic Income has failed miserably.

Apparently 78% of voters had some attribute of common sense that there's no free money tree out there, despite the 22% of people who seem to believe in pixies and fairy tales, and would probably vote for Bernie Saunders too if given the chance.

What would you do if one in five people thought it was OK to do nothing and expect for their lifestyle to be paid for by the hard work of others?

What we'd end up with is the socialist dream - everyone equal.  Although, of course, we'd still want the smart people to work harder, because someone has to invent cool stuff we want like smartphones, right?  I mean, how else would we organise rallies against "the man"?

Ever notice how socialism only ever breeds among the malcontents who think they're entitled to something for nothing, or more than they have worked for?  There's a lot of truth in the saying that if you're not a socialist at 20 you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative at 40 then you have no brain.  People tend to get touchy about other people wanting their stuff for free when it's the result of their hard work.

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