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I want to talk about Universal Basic Income for a little bit, because I’m always sad it’s not talked about in national politics





If you don’t know, 

universal basic income is a form of social security system in which all citizens or residents of a country regularly receive an unconditional sum of money, either from a government or some other public institution, in addition to any income received from elsewhere. (Imagine if you will, if the government simply gave every citizen over the age of 18 $35,000 every year. Enough money to cover the BASIC NEEDS of a person.) The free market and labor market still exist, people still work for money, people still buy stuff with money. 

Some links if you are curious as to how this works:

The wikipedia article on Basic Income.

The Reddit for Basic Income

Basic Income.Org

Thinking Utopian: How about a universal basic income?

The Economic Case for a Universal Basic Income (Part 1 of a series)

How Universal Basic Income Will Save Us From the Robot Uprising 

I really like this for a couple of reasons as an economic policy. I mean, there are the obvious benefits in that it is more efficient than our current mishmash of welfare programs, and it basically makes welfare fraud impossible (not that I’m even that worried about welfare fraud honestly. But some people are. So there ya go.)

But it’s also just a really efficient way to address SO MANY OTHER problems at once. 

Guaranteed paid parental leave? Done.

LGBT+ Homelessness? Done. 

Childhood hunger? Done. 

Unemployment? Done. 

People losing their jobs to automation and the shifting workforce needing less and less human labor to function? Done. 

Like, it’s a really simple, straight forward, 21st century solution to so many problems. Any problem that stems from “People are living in poverty or near poverty and are completely reliant on their employer to not starve to death”- this fixes it. 

Say there is 300 million Americans citizens over 18.. That’s 10.5 Trillion dollars a year. How would you propose you find the money to pay for this plan? Money doesn’t just get generated by the government

Social Security, welfare, disability, and other welfare programs are discontinued. Military spending is reduced. Taxes are raised on the top 10%, as well as taxes on business.

Other options:

Negative income tax
Income taxes
Income tax threshold
Sales taxes
Capital gains taxes
Financial transaction tax
Inheritance taxes
Wealth taxes, e.g. property tax
Luxury taxes
Elimination of current income support programs and tax deductions
Repayment of the grant at death or retirement
Land and natural resource taxes (Georgism)
Pollution taxes
Fees from government-created monopolies (such as the broadcast spectrum and utilities)
Tariffs, the lottery, or sin taxes
Technology taxes
Value added tax or other Consumption taxes  

And let’s not forget that this money doesn’t just go down a rathole. People who would benefit from MBI generally need money because they don’t have it to spend on the minimum requirements for existence, and so when they get it, they spend it. (Getting money from the government and squirreling it away is the exclusive domain of the rich, so, naturally, they assume everyone else does it.)

This means that the money goes right back into the economy and eventually into the pockets of the companies who provide these and other services. And assuming that the MBI level allows for some purchases over and beyond existence-level (because a goods and services economy requires people to purchase goods and services to exist), this increase in revenue will be across the board. So the tax base would increase as demand for these goods and services increases.

This has the added effect of businesses being required to offer any potential hires to meet this demand something better than they’re getting, both in terms of money/benefits and treatment. They have to offer enough incentive to get people to work for them rather than continuing on MBI, and they can’t treat their employees like garbage, otherwise they’ll just fall back on MBI for their mental and/or physical health.

And if businesses offset this demand by automating everything? Well, I seem to recall that that was the entire point OF automation: so that humans wouldn’t need to do menial labor that the machines could do. But companies have been using this possibility as a weapon to maintain their poor treatment of workers (”You better be grateful I don’t replace you with a machine) and/or ways to increase profit by eliminating payroll without regard to the actual people they’re laying off. MBI fixes both issues.

And ultimately (this is my earnest hope) MBI becomes a stepping-stone to a society that just eliminates the need and – more importantly – want for money at all, removing a major power structure from our culture (arguably THE prevailing power structure) and take a huge step toward eliminating the imbalance of power entirely. (Hey, a man can dream, can’t he?)

Hogwarts House Aesthetics

Ravenclaw: Combat boots, paint stained hands, the smell of rain. Cool breezes, foggy days, the color purple, long tapestries. Flower chains, The Cure. Velvet, the sound of birds cawing, the ocean, long grass. Empty art museums, ink stained fingertips, The Velvet Underground, late night chats. Hardwood floors and rocking chairs.

Gryffindor: Crackling fires, electricity. Long walks, old stereos, chinchillas, lightning storms, fireworks. Knit blankets, wool, scratchy chairs. Tin. Cliff sides, cigarettes, summer nights, crickets. War paint, Roman numerals, the color maroon. Sharp claws, scraped knees, long adventures with good friends. Hot coffee and incense.

Hufflepuff: tie dye, The Smiths, stars. Soft blankets, the smell of old books, cinnamon, burning fires. Daffodils, fleece. Crawling Ivy, brick cottages in the woods, tall trees. The way the sun feels on your skin, clear streams. Loose tea bags, wooden countertops, indie music, holding hands. Bright colors and wide smiles.

Slytherin: cold metal, silver jewelry, the feeling of success. Arm chairs, smoldering flames, filled-to-the-brim book bags. Gentle whispers, screen doors, high heels. Throwing knives, windbreakers, mountain peaks, pierced ears. Calico cats, green tea. Marble archways, old forests, rickety old homes. All of space and angler fish.





how do i tell someone i feel worthless without them feeling like im trying 2 guilt them into treating me special

I don’t know if this is a genuine or rhetorical question, but if you’re serious, I have actual advice about how to tell someone you’re struggling with severe self-worth problems without making them feel pressured & overwhelmed by your reaching out for help. 

– respect their need to prioritize themselves first and give them space when they need it; if they need to sleep or go to work, that’s a bad time to bring up needing help if your needing help is chronic and ongoing rather than urgent and sudden

– thank them for their help more often than you apologize to them for needing it. If you thank them they’ll feel good and appreciated, but if you apologize for needing help constantly that will become just one more thing they’ll feel responsible for comforting you over 

– do your best to spread out the burden. Figure out self-care plans, hotlines to call, 7 cups of tea, other friends to talk to. You can’t rely on a single person for your self worth, but having a network of support will allow you to get the help you need without depending on someone

honestly this is the best thing ever thank you sooooo much

I find this stuff hard to talk about but: I also find it useful to frame my need for validation as an irritation we’re cooperating together to defeat. “Brain weasels are telling me I suck again, can you please tell me I don’t suck?” “You don’t suck. Your brain weasels are silly.” “Thanks! In your face brain weasels :D”. This also makes it easier for me to avoid a self hatred spiral about my self hatred being annoying for other people.

Also: It’s really important to find ways to accept criticism without falling into an abyss of self hatred, and accept that there’s a middle ground between “they hate me”/”I’m worthless” and “they think I’m perfect”/”I’m perfect”. There’s a difference between “SO YOU HATE ME/SO I SUCK”, and “So you’re annoyed about this one thing? Ok. I’m glad you brought it up. Can you please tell my brain weasels that you don’t hate me/I don’t suck in general? Then we can discuss how to fix the thing.” then getting extra reassurance afterwards (possibly from someone else). The former doesn’t give the other person space to deal with conflict without being deflected into just supporting your emotional needs, the latter does.

EDIT: Thinking about, the key for me is separating “I suck” from “I feel like I suck”: being able to recognise and acknowledge thoughts and feelings without repressing them or being consumed by them. Makes it much easier to discuss my needs with other people.




someone stop me from writing about a kittypet named Starky (dark brown tortoiseshell? tabby?, with bright blue eyes and maybe white socks? a white heart blaze on his chest) whose owners move and leave him behind, so he just chills morosely at his abandoned MANSION of a home. He makes friends with some other strays, some not strays but not housecats either, but is mostly content to wait for his owners to return.  

spoiler: they don’t!

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My therapist and I decided that from now on, when I’m thinking something negative about myself, I’m going to imagine that Donald Trump is saying it, because it’s really easy for me to just tell him to fuck off.


Trump: “Your thighs are fat.”
Me: “Fuck you and your fucking wall.”

I think we’re onto something here.

this is probably the best coping skill I’ve ever seen and I am ten billion percent going to use it too