Soon, every Swiss citizen will be able to sit on their ass and do nothing and still receive $33,000 per year if a new referendum gets passed. Europeans and even Americans are watching with bated breath. Will it work? Only time will tell.
Tim Harford, “The Undercover Economist”, a columnist for the economically conservative “The Financial Times” wonders if “a universal income is not such a silly idea.” But I won’t go into the pros and cons here — tis’ not the point of this post. Instead, I want to point out the last sentence in Tim’s article:
Maybe Tim meant that as a joke, but I am not sure because I wonder if the brains of lots of nerdy white boys of my generation, raised on Star Trek, did not subconsciously absorb Gene Roddenberry’s idealistic fictional world into their heads and thus think, “See, it really can work like that — we should push for that.” Just as many people reading much of the nonsense in their fictional holy scriptures absorb its nonsense and then display it in bad decisions and actions.
The human brain has a very hard time separating fact from fiction. This fact is what makes movies and novels so fun, but it is also what can make economists, gamers and religious folks so dangerous.