You mean we can simply solve this by printing a lot of money?Let me take the government of the US as an example because that is what I am most familiar with - but the same mechanism is found in all countries who use the current money system.
The United States spends more money annually than it would cost to fund many development programs that can already greatly reduce or completely alleviate people from the symptoms of structural poverty.
In 2015 the US spent upwards of 601 billion dollars on the military defense budget ALONE - and that is only the "on record" amount of money being poured into the war industry. This doesn't include the off book things.
But my point here is not that the US itself could easily help to fund and finance humanitarian aid programs across the world. My point is that the money we all think there is so little of is a fiction. Meaning - all of the 'money' that we currently use is literally created out of nothing. Because really if you think about it, how did the US manage to afford sustaining so many wars over the past decade? We do not see a "war tax" on our tax forms and receipts so certainly that money must be coming from somewhere.
One of the big problems with the argument about how is the government supposed to create enough money to fund a living income through revenues - is that we make the mistake of thinking our governments have anything to do at all with how money comes into existence. The revenues collected from "the people" do NOT fund any of the critical areas of government programs. The revenues collected are absorbed by the financial system as "payment" for the debt that governments take in order to issue the banking system's currency. There are many resources and materials for those who wish to learn about how this works, so I won't go into those details here.
So my question is - if we are already creating trillions of dollars through a fictional financial system ALREADY for things like war, then why is it so impossible for us to consider creating the same trillions of dollars for purposes of support and enrichment of all life on earth equally?
There currently exists no government on earth that can actually "fund" a living income system through tax revenues because tax revenues itself is a practice that only makes sense in a debt based and destructive system. But let us say we as people decide to stop that. We decide to create and use a monetary system that is not based on debt and does not impoverish the people - where money becomes what it was supposed to be - a unit of measure that allows for transactions to happen. Money was never supposed to have 'value' - it was only supposed to record real value that is exchanged - now things like funding a living income for all is no longer limited by "do we have the money". It becomes instead "Do we have enough value to justify creating this money into existence?" and the answer would be yes - billions of times yes - because the value is life, is people, is the common right for all to live a dignified life, and that is something all would agree is far more valuable than just 'money' by itself.
What we face here is a problem of perspective - we need to understand what rules we have been accepting about the way the world works and decide what rules no longer service us. This is what makes something like living income possible.
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