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Martin Luther King wrote an essay supporting a guaranteed income.

Yogan Wayra Zadronzny Barrientos
Robert Starsi

It's totally on the point. Here are some cool points from it:

  • The fact is that the work which improves the condition of mankind, the work which extends knowledge and increases power and enriches literature, and elevates thought, is not done to secure a living. It is not the work of slaves, driven to their task either by the lash of a master or by animal necessities. It is the work of men who perform it for their own sake, and not that they may get more to eat or drink, or wear, or display.
  • Our nation's adjustment to a new mode of thinking will be facilitated if we realize that for nearly forty years two groups in our society have already been enjoying a guaranteed income. Indeed, it is a symptom of our confused social values that these two groups turn out to be the richest and the poorest. The wealthy who own securities have always had an assured income; and their polar opposite, the relief client, has been guaranteed an income, however miniscule, through welfare benefits.
  • The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism...
Leila Zamora Moreno

Yup -- I mean the problems and solutions were clear, already back then -- the longer we wait the more we tend to 'forget' the common sense that was already presented 50 years ago. Time to put it into practice.