This proposal for a guaranteed income is so stupid it gives me hives.
Not sure if it’s the neverending libertarian fantasy that a reputation economy is somehow workable when we know it isn’t, thanks to reams and reams of experience (the net result of a reputation economy is simply that it becomes dangerous to offer anything approaching the real value for any item or service outside of your trusted social networks so everybody loses out massively once they try any wider commerce) or if it’s the fact that this “workable solution” is, quite simply, a giant workfare scheme that actually has nothing to do with the idea of a proper guaranteed income program (hint: once the income isn’t guaranteed if you don’t work, it’s no longer guaranteed so maybe stop calling it that), or that it is painfully obvious that this system would be gamed to death by every corporation able to afford so much as one single lousy contract lawyer, or that it believes that the problem with joblessness is a lack of desire rather than a lack of jobs, or…
oh man, I can’t go on, there’s just so much that is wrong with this idea and I didn’t even get to its overall screw-the-lazy-poors tone yet.
Hey, let’s all play a game: come up with a strategy to abuse this system as much as humanly possible! Best one (as judged by me) will get a prize of some kind. And you know it will be a good prize because I’m willing to put my reputation on the line so clearly I am incentivised to make it, I dunno, Krugerrands or something.